The farmstand — finally!

I didn’t think I’d see the day, but last weekend I FINALLY opened the farmstand:
2-17-13--farmstand
Still need to get the roof on, but at least we are open for business. Quite a few people were interested in becoming members of the LMCA co-op. We’ll probably be open Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm (weather permitting) as Canyon’s End (fka Ken’s Pizza) was packed during these times last weekend.
For more info please check the Lake Mead Community Association gardening club and organic and bulk co-op.

23 F in the hoophouse with no warning, SOME nasturtiums froze

Around midnight it was still over 40 in the hoophouse. This morning we woke up to ice cold wind, the low in the hoophouse was 23 F and the greenhouse got down to 30 F.
I had just taken a flat (50) of  nasturtiums to the hoophouse and added a few to the tray I’ll take to “Our Place” tomorrow.  Most, but not all, looked rather frozen.  However, the nasturtiums in the ground looked fine:

3/2/12 The rocks kept the seedlings warm

A few weeks ago I stuck some seeds in the ground and those seedlings look just fine.  Here’s the SE corner with in ground seedlings:

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Farmers’ Almanac December planting schedule

We’ve been so busy, just missed some good planting days. And have SO much to plant in our new hoophouse.
Farmers’ Almanac December planting schedule

December 2011
5th-6th A Poor Time To Plant.
7th-8th Fine For Planting Beans, Peppers, Cucumbers, Melons And Other Aboveground Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable.
9th-10th Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In The Ground.
11th-12th Most Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Onions, Turnips And Other Root Crops, Where Climate Allows. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting.
13th-17th A Most Barren Period. Kill Plant Pests And Do General Farm Work.
18th-19th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
20th-21st Plant Carrots, Beets, Onions, Turnips, Irish Potatoes And Other Root Crops, In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.
22nd-24th Do No Planting.
25th-26th Plant Sweet Corn, Beans, Peppers And Other Aboveground Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable.
27th-29th Good Days For Killing Weeds, Briars And Other Plant Pests, Poor For Planting.
30th-31st Plant Peppers, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes And Other Aboveground Crops, In Southern Florida, California, And Texas. Extra Good For Cucumbers, Peas, Cantaloupes, And Other Vine Crops.

We won’t be planting tomatoes and peppers, but got loads of winter veggies and salads to plant.

Farmers’ Almanac November planting schedule

Time FLIES!

November 2011
1st-2nd Good Days For Planting Peas, Squash, Corn, Tomatoes And Other Aboveground Crops, In Southern Florida, Texas, And California.
3rd-4th Kill Plant Pests On These Barren Days.
5th-7th Favorable Days For Planting Aboveground Crops. Extra Good For Vine Crops, Where Climate Allows.
8th-9th Neither Plant Nor Sow On These Barren Days.
10th-11th Plant Root Crops, Where Climate Permits. Good Days For Transplanting.
12th-13th Any Seed Planted Now Will Tend To Rot.
14th-15th Best Planting Days For Fall Potatoes, Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Beets And Other Root Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable. Also Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting.
16th-19th Poor Period For Planting. Kill Plant Pests, Clear Fencerows/land.
20th-22nd Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops. Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
23rd-24th Plant Carrots, Beets, Onions, Turnips, Irish Potatoes And Other Root Crops, In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.
25th-27th Poor Planting Days.
28th-29th Good Days For Planting Peas, Squash, Corn, Tomatoes And Other Aboveground Crops, In Southern Florida, Texas, And California.
30th Kill Plant Pests On This Barren Day.

We’re busy digging up eggplants, peppers and tomatoes as it already froze last week.

Farmers' Almanac October planting schedule

Gardening by the Moon Calendar from the Farmers’ Almanac
October 2011
1st-3rd Do Clearing And Plowing, But No Planting.
4th-6th Plant Tomatoes, Peas, Beans And Other Aboveground Crops, Indoors In The North, Outdoors In Lower South.
7th-8th Poor Planting Days. Kill Poison Ivy, Weeds, Clear Land, But Do No Planting.
9th-10th Good Days For Planting Aboveground Crops, Extra Good For Vine Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable.
11th-12th A Barren Period.
13th-15th Good Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Onions, Turnips And Other Hardy Root Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable. Good Days For Transplanting.
16th-17th Poor Days For Planting, Seeds Tend To Rot In The Ground.
18th-19th Best Planting Days For Fall Potatoes, Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Beets And Other Root Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable. Also Plant Seedbeds, Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting.
20th-23rd Grub Out Weeds, Briars, And Other Plant Pests.
24th-25th Good Days For Planting Root Crops, Fine For Sowing Hay, Fodder Crops, And Grains. Plant Flowers.
26th-28th Good Days For Planting Aboveground Crops And Leafy Vegetables Such As Lettuce, Cabbage, Kale And Celery, Where Climate Is Suitable. Start Seedbeds.
29th-30th Do Clearing And Plowing, But No Planting.
31st

Farmers' Almanac September planting schedule

I missed a few days, been so busy. From Gardening by the Moon Calendar from the Farmers' Almanac

September 2011
4th-6th Clear Fencerows, Woodlots And Fields, But Do No Planting.
7th-8th Any Aboveground Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Do Well.
9th-11th Poor Planting Days. Kill Plant Pests.
12th-13th Good Days For Planting Root Crops. Fine For Vine Crops. Good Days For Transplanting.
14th-15th Seeds Planted Now Will Grow Poorly And Yield Little.
16th-17th Good Days For Planting Root Crops. Good Days For Transplanting.
18th-19th Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In The Ground.
20th-22nd Fine Planting Days For Fall Potatoes, Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Beets, And Other Root Crops. Also Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting.
23rd-26th A Most Barren Period, Best For Killing Plant Pests Or Doing Chores Around The Farm.
27th-28th Good Days For Planting Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers And Other Aboveground Crops, In Southern Florida, Texas, And California. Excellent For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
29th-30th Excellent Time For Planting Aboveground Crops That Can Be Planted Now, Including Leafy Vegetables, Which Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds.

It's drizzling and only 71 in our greenhouse! Unbelievable after the heat of the last couple of weeks. I finally feel like planting winter veggies.