We've been pretty busy here at 47 Daisies with the holidays and farm work but I finally found the time to get the asparagus tucked in for the winter. Asparagus is a great crop to grow, lasting for up to 20 years after planting. You can't beat that harvest schedule!! On the flip side it is a bit labor intensive to manage the asparagus bed in the proper manner. We have 175 crowns in the ground. Each spring they will produce spears which can be harvested for 2-8 weeks depending on the health and age of the crown. Then the fronds are allowed to grow for the rest of the growing season replenishing the root stores which will produce shoots the next spring. In the fall the fronds will go dormant after the first couple of frosts/freezes. At this time it is necessary to cut the fronds and send them to the compost heap. The bed then gets tucked in with mulch (we used about six inches of leaves). This mulch layer protects the crowns from subsequent freezes and will also provide nutrients for the growing plants the following year. Lets hope that the crowns produce well this spring as we will be harvesting for about two weeks this year (our crowns are only 2 years old).
Have a great last day of 2010 and we will see you in 2011!!
Last fall 738 Christmas trees where planted here at 47 Daisies. That was a good start for future tree production. The trees did well until August even through the record heat and drought that we had here in northern Louisiana. This past fall was just too much for the trees and we lost every one of them to the drought.
This fall, we have already replanted three varieties of Christmas trees; Canaan, Fir and Scotch Pine (100 of each). These are varieties that are typically not grown in this area, but we planted them last year and they seemed to do well, until the drought....... These trees really make beautiful Christmas trees!! We're trying again, and crossing our fingers for rain, and that we will be able to offer these varieties for Christmas trees in Ruston.
Next week, we'll be adding 200 Virginia pine to the tree field. These are commonly grown in this area, and are known to do well.
If the trees can get established, drought will not be such a problem. Once they have been in the ground for a couple of seasons, they can withstand much more.
We are very excited to be able to offer Christmas trees to Ruston!! We'll be starting our sales in the next 3-5 years.
Well December is here and we are still growing produce! I am impressed with how well things in the outside garden beds are holding up (I just got finished eating a raw kohlrabi straight out of the garden...yum!). We have had multiple hard freezes here at the farm with temperatures hovering in the mid-20's at night and the cold weather crops still look good. The fall green onions are coming along nicely and should be ready for harvest by VERY early spring. The hoophouse experiment is also rolling along without a hitch. Elegance greens mix will be ready to harvest soon with Ovation and Allstar gourmet lettuce not far behind.
Between the garden beds and the hoophouse we are showing no signs of slowing down yet......I am hopeful that we can grow straight through to spring!!
Check out the "What's growing now" page to see what is growing in the gardens outside.
Be well, eat good food, and have a great December!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )