Sunday, April 27, 2008

Auction & Equipment Salvage

Yesterday we went to a farm and garden auction and came home with quite a truck load. We are very excited as we were able to successfully bid on two stand-up coolers which we will use to cool our veggies before market. Last year we had an old fridge that was left behind from the previous owners when we bought the farm. It worked fine but it was always quite a job trying to squeeze all the produce in the fridge without squishing everything. We now have a double door Pepsi cooler which our black harvest crates will fit directly in and a single door cooler which we may take to the market for greens. We also bought an anvil which Derek was quite excited about.

After the excitement of the auction we went to Lower Bedeque where my father grew up. They had some old equipment in the fence line that they are not using any more so we rescued a two row tool bar, two cultivator teeth and two mouldboard hillers. We took this incredibly heavy metal back to my family's farm and hopefully this week we can reassemble to create a two row hiller for our potatoes. Last year we simply raked the soil up around the potatoes, that was such a long and back breaking job that I thought, NEVER AGAIN!! We forgot to take pictures of the before disassembly but we will have pictures posted of the reassembly soon.

The seedlings are growing well. I'm out of table space inside so I'm waiting for the nights to get a bit warmer for the leeks and onions to go in the greenhouse shed to start another batch of seedlings.

Derek is in the middle of putting up a hoop house where we will grow some of our peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. So far just the frame and hoops are up but it looks pretty neat so far.

Derek also worked up the front garden section last week before the snow came. The ground was surprisingly dry. Hopefully this week I will be planting some spinach and lettuce mix.

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