The last two days have been a little rough. We knew to expect some tough moments, for sure. But suddenly we’re faced with a lot of responsibility that is scarier than we imagined it would be. Everything is fine, but it’s hard when plans don’t work out quite like we expected (of course they won’t, but still). There were definitely moments when I wanted to call someone — anyone (my parents, our former farmer, a super hero) — to come and save us. But we’re surviving just fine. I think what has been scariest is the impact of the weather. Fast, furious spring storms have been coming through here about twice a day, and the rain and wind certainly complicate everything. We’re still in the midst of some big stuff (getting the Haygrove tunnel to work for us especially), so we’ll post photos soon.
But the good news is: thanks to two fine OBC employees (thanks Francisco and Sam!) one bay of the Haygrove is up, and we’ve begun sowing finally! Last night we sowed the tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. While we sowed, the biggest thunder storm yet poured around us, so we were incredibly thankful for the many covered dry spaces we have here at Seven Spoke Farm. We tried using soil blocks for the first time, which took some practice, but after a few trials we became proficient. Now the blocks are sitting under cover with some nice bottom heat. I think that as soon as these little seeds have sprouted we’ll begin feeling better about the whole process. It’s hard to spend so much time on infrastructure when there are no plants around yet! Today we’ll continue sowing: alliums (onions, leeks, shallots) and peas!