The air is warming up and the snow is melting. It's (finally) time to really start planning for the garden this year! Daisy Hill may be a small farm, but we grow a lot of seedlings! All plants are grown organically from seed or cuttings here at the farm in Acton. I use an amazing … Continue reading Daisy Hill Farm Seedlings 2019
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Hello! Well, the warmth of vacation has worn off and it is back to the reality of winter here in Massachusetts. Cold and snowing, in case you were wondering. However, there were a few days last week that felt like spring, and those days were AMAZING! The temperature was in the 50's, the sun was … Continue reading Reflecting on 2018 (Part 2): July-December
2018 was a year of surprises, challenges, joy, and growth for both me and my family. My writing energy was diverted, and that was okay; it was necessary. But after a week away in the sun, I feel so much more like myself: centered, calm, determined, and full of ideas and plans! Last week I … Continue reading Reflecting on 2018 (Part 1 of 2)
People often ask where to put their new garden bed. One of the best ways to tell is to look outside RIGHT NOW to find out where the snow melts first. This is an excellent indicator of where there is good sunlight in your yard. This area is also likely to be a bit warmer … Continue reading Where will you put your new garden? The snow will tell you!
Farmer Kate?! Where did you go in 2017? You disappeared! Well, the basic gist of it was that I decided to be a farmer. I worked a super fun part-time job with some great gardening folks in Westford for most of the year, too, and then I just was pretty tired. I tried to do so … Continue reading 2017: A Year of Firsts at the Farm
1. Decide that you want a greenhouse. You can grow crops earlier, later and bigger. You can get cheered up in the winter. See my post Why I cannot get enough of winter gardening. You can feel like a boss because you built a freaking greenhouse. Winter is long and cold here in Massachusetts and I … Continue reading How to Build a Sweet Unheated Greenhouse in 10 steps.
Wait? Gardening in the winter? Yes! And believe me when I tell you it is amazing. With protection, vegetables planted the previous fall grow until early December, rest and then grow again at the end of January. Here is some of our delicious produce from February 2017 After experimenting with a walk-in unheated hoophouse last … Continue reading Why I cannot get enough of winter gardening.
I cut down trees. Many trees. Climate change is real and I cut down trees. Don't judge. I cut down trees to build a small farm, so there are still lots of plants to take in CO2! Daisy Hill Farm is a micro-farm, nestled into a one acre parcel of land at the end of a … Continue reading From Forest to Farm: Daisy Hill Farm in the Making: Changing the Landscape
The weather has been very tricky the past few months- late snow, cold rainy May and now we are right in the middle of June. I am planting bush beans, pole beans, soybeans, a new batch of lettuce, tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, nasturtium, just to name a few. And sunflowers. And … Continue reading It is not too late to plant your summer garden!
Have you been wanting to grow your own veggies, herbs and flowers but have limited space and sun? Try container gardening. It is infinitely more easy than plating in the ground and so rewarding. I first traveled to France in 2003 to attend my best friend Melanie's wedding. Among the hundreds of wonderful things I … Continue reading Container Gardening: Create your own garden with limited space!