You can ask anyone and they will tell you that fresh-from-the-farm produce just tastes better. We have retired and are no longer selling mushrooms or produce.
When we first bought our property in 2008 we put swales above the garden and in the garden. They capture rain water for us and then allow the water to slowly seep into the soil, helping us water our garden into early summer. Most years we don’t need to water our perennials till early July.
Helping Papa Cliff make garden beds.
In the fall of 2013 we built some raised beds in our orchard between the rows of fruit trees. Our orchard is on a slight hill. We thought by building these special beds we could help slow the flow of rainwater down so more stays in the orchard, enabling us to water the trees less. We also thought that by using rotted wood as a holding mass, more water would be available for the crops planted in the beds. Our first step was to measure the beds out and then put in trenches. We’ve got the trenches cleaned for our new raised beds in this picture. The next step is to fill the trenches with old, rotting stumps and large branches.
Once we filled the trenches, we backfilled them with dirt and added rotting branches.
woodchips are added next
Then we added a layer of mushroom straw.
Fresh manure was added next. The final step was to replace the dirt.
Our new raised bed!
We planted over 800 feet of asparagus. You can get it at the market April – May. Last year we sold out quickly, so be sure to come early.
Just as the asparagus is finishing up, the strawberries come into season. At the peak of the season we can spend 5 hours a day harvesting.
Our first REAL broccoli!
Santa Rosa Plums ready for market
A wheelbarrow full of freshly harvested and dried onions.
One strong grandkid helping with the leek harvest!
happy outdoor shiitake
This is our new jungle gym, right?
Spring ofo 2015 we began building our new high tunnel. This will be our third attempt. The first two were built with PVC and collapsed in heavy snow and wind. This one will be built with a steel support frame – hopefully ready to handle any weather! It’s huge – 20 x 68 – so we will be able to grow lots of goodies in it. This year (2015) it is full of luscious melons that should be to market by late July ( a full month and a half early for us).
Starting the end walls
Nature helped us out at just the perfect moment. As we started to lift the cover up, the wind lifted with us and carried it right over the top, then gently dropped it in place on the other side!
The chickens are busy catching bugs. Our chicken-run circles our acre garden, keeping the chickens safe from predators and providing us with a bug-control squad.
Mushrooms galore growing on our compost pile.! Once we have finished harvesting our oyster mushrooms, we put the organic rice straw on the compost pile. As it decomposes, the mycellium grow, spreading from the straw into the other decomposing matter, enriching our compost heap. – And the cycle continues. . .
Italian oyster mushrooms almost ready to harvest. We grow our mushrooms year-round. You can find them at the farmers market and at local grocery stores.
Beautiful coral oyster mushrooms ready to harvest.
golden oyster mushroom
Lion’s Mane mushroom – tastes like lobster when cooked! Said to have great medicinal properties.
Delicious shiitake mushrooms