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Posted 5/8/2008 5:26am by Andre Cantelmo.

Planting is going great! We are on time with so many things and are lined up to have early crops fresh from the field. Mean while we have a lot of different hanging baskets available for some early spring cheer. Mothers day is around the corner so why not get mom some flowers that will last all sumer long. We also have those famous hanging cherry tomatoes, which will give you vine ripe fruit before your garden tomatoes come in. We offer a full line of annual and perennial bedding plants as well as vegetable sets for your garden.


Vine ripe tomatoes from our greenhouse should be available by th 25th of May, with a steady supply coming in for June. Early indications point to a great strawberry year. We have a short season here in New England but our strawberry are the best!


Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Andre

Posted 4/11/2008 5:23pm by Andre Cantelmo.
We have reached our goal for 2008 CSA shares and will no longer be accepting new members. Thank you for your interest and please check in with us this fall regarding the 2009 season.
Posted 3/29/2008 5:53pm by Andre Cantelmo.

Our onions are started in January to give them enough time to become stout transplants when moved to the field. Most of the onions that we grow are what are called long day onions (which realy means short night but thats another story). This means they have to put on a lot of growth before bulbing is induced. Up here that happens around June 20th or so. We do all we can to give them a head start inside. Trimming the onions helps them thicken up while still in the speedling tray.


First we sow our onions into speedling 200 trays about 1/4in. deep, 0ne to three seeds per cell depending on variety. They are germinated at 65 F. and begin to emerge ten to fourteen days later.


 

Onions elbowing their way out of the soil

 


It's not long before they start to put on some serious growth


 

Onions emerging

 


We do an early trimming that is hard to get through because they are so wispy. This early trimming pays off because they bounce back quickly and begin to thicken into what look more like onions.


 

Trimmed onions growing on

 


By this time it's time to make room in the front house for other things. We time the second cutting of the onions with moving day so that we handle them only once. We use an electric hedge trimer like you might use on the shrubs around your house.


 

Andre timming the onions

 


 

Closeup of trimmed onions

 

 

We then move all the onions into the early Tomato house so that they stay nice and warm and can thicken up again.


Trimmed onions moved to the tomato house.


Depending on the way the year is going these onions may be trimmed again or they may simply be moved out side for planting. If it looks like we won't be able to get out onto the fields for awhile it pays to trim the onions again. If we will be able to plant the first week of April we generally let them grow on and keep growing to they have momentum going out in the field.