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Spring 2011 Spring Seedlings 2011 The Farm at Stonehill

Digging the Well & Starting Seeds During the Ides of March

After a long and very snowy winter the earth below emerged and everywhere brown fields started to turn green!

Farm Location Post Snow melt
No more snow!

On March 21, Farmer Kevin O’Dwyer of Langwater Farm tilled the field to prep the area for spring plantings which will commence in April.

Photo of the field tilled on 3.21.11
First pass with a plow reveals rich looking soils.

 

The danger of heavy frost will linger for another month (as demonstrated by the snow that fell later that day), but we are starting seeds now in the Holy Cross Center so that we will have strong seedling ready for the fields when temperatures warm. So far we have planted bunching onions, chives, leeks, mint, basil, lettuce, red and green cabbage, sweet bell peppers, beets, 3 different kinds of kale, marigolds and zinnias.

Seed Starting set up in the basement of Holy Cross Center.
The Seed Starting Set-up

 

All plants require sunlight, water, and healthy soils to grow, and water for our crops will come from the rain that falls and from drip irrigation sourced from a new well at the farm.  This well is being dug this week, and I am told that a rate of 30 gallons per minute can be expected.

This will provide plenty of water to grow our vegetables, berries, herbs and flowers!

Day 1 of well digging at the farm (3.21.11)
Digging the well (March 21, 2011)
Photo of the top of the well and the snow covered field
The Well is in! (March 24, 2011)
photo of the cap on the well
The cap on the well. (March 24, 2011)