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)
Daisy Hill may be a small farm, but we grow a lot of seedlings. I love the idea of helping others grow their gardens with healthy, organically grown seedlings. I am taking orders now for May pick-ups at the farm or at farmer's markets. You can download this incredibly-amazing Old School Seedling pdf Order form and … Continue reading Daisy Hill Farm Seedlings
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.