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The Grovestead Newsletter – Summer 2017

The Grovestead Newsletter Cover Vol 1 Issue 2

Our Summer newsletter is finished and ready for download! We intentionally make these newsletters to be printed and enjoyed when you have time to read it. So brew a cup of coffee or grab a cold beverage, and enjoy!

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Minnesota May

Waterlogged garden

How does your garden grow?  Minnesota doesn’t seem to appreciate all the effort we put into Spring planting. Our Zone 4 official planting day is around May 15th each year. Last year saw a hard frost descend a few days following setting out my tender starts. This past week gave us daily 40-degree temps and nearly 8 inches of rain. This, after a hot, dry, 90-degree weekend.

Everything in our garden is waterlogged and stunted. My tomatoes and peppers barely survived and will take weeks to regain their composure.

Waterlogged tomatoes

Sweet corn appears to be rotting in the soil, and carrots, lettuce, and beets are mostly washed away. They never stood a chance. The biggest drawback to Back to Eden Gardening I’ve found is that under heavy rains the woodchips will fall down over rows you have just seeded, preventing sprouting. With average rainfalls of <1″ per week and temps in the mid-70’s this time of year, that is rarely a problem. But the last two years have seen abundant rains (8″ last week!) and 30-degree below normal temps. That combo just isn’t conducive to growing annuals.

Strawberries flowering

The crops that don’t seem to mind much are the perennials: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and asparagus. Except for the blueberries which lost most of their fruiting flowers during the strong winds, these have all fared well. Perennials are deep-rooted enough to withstand the harshest surface conditions (like Minnesota Winters).

I am researching hoop houses now to cover the entire garden. It may be too late this year, but with May being such an important–and unpredictable–month weather-wise, it would make a significant difference to create some shelter from the storm.


The Grovestead Newsletter – Spring 2017

The Grovestead Newsletter Cover Vol 1 Issue 1

Our first quarterly newsletter is finished and ready for download! We intentionally made this newsletter to be printed and enjoyed when you have time to read it. So brew a cup of coffee or grab a cold beverage, put your feet up, and enjoy!

Click here to download:

Or copy and paste this link into a web browser:
https://thegrovestead.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/The-Grovestead-Spring-2017.pdf

 

 


Good morning, kid.. Baby goats arrive!

Mama Goats

As I type this we have one new goat on the farm and another nanny in labor, probably giving birth to twins. We rigged up a webcam in the barn so you can watch live! See the top of sidebar on this web page to the right.

Here is a clip from yesterday:

Be sure to visit our YouTube Channel and subscribe so we can send you more videos of cute baby animals. :)


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