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Seasonal Planting Calendar

Seasonal Planting Calendar

Beginning of March

Begin starts indoors of celery and onion family

Mid March

Plant garlic bulbs outside if you did not plant them previous fall

Beginning of April

Begin starts indoors of spinach and Brassica family: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts.

Begin planting seeds of onion family outdoors

Mid April

Begin Starts of tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, peppers.

Plant outside lettuce, spinach, endive, kale, radicchio, radishes, turnips, peas, lentils, beets, carrots, fava beans, and garbanzo beans.

Transplant outside onion family starts (started begining of March)

Beginning of May

Begin starts indoors flowers of marigolds and cosmos.

Begin starts indoors of cucumbers, melons, and okra.

Transplant outside more onion family starts (started Beginning of March)

Plant outside seeds of calendula, cilantro, and parsley.

Early May

Plant outside seeds of Brassica family: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts. Also lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots, beets, chard, and collards.

Plant outside seeds of oriental greens: tat soi, pak choi, mizuna, etc.

Mid May

Plant outside seed potatoes (protect from late spring frosts)

Transplant outdoors celery, brassica family, leafy greens, and hardy herbs (starts from beginning of April).

Beginning of June

Plant seeds outdoors of corn, amaranth, quinoa, cucumbers, melon, and squash.

Plant seeds outdoors of warm season beans: green, pinto, black, etc.

Transplant outdoors plants of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, squash, marigolds with frost protection for late spring frosts.

Mid June

Transplant all warm season plants not yet planted outdoors: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, squash, marigolds, etc

Mid July

Plant outside seeds of spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, endive, peas, beets for late fall harvest.

August

Plant outside lettuce, spinach, radishes for continuing late fall crop.

October

Average first days of frost. Plant garlic, onions, peas, radishes, and spinach as late as possible for spring crop.

Thanks All

Well the first “Casual Farm Afternoon” was a great success.  Had about 8 people including children lend a hand out in the garden.  More importantly my sun tea was a big hit.  Just a reminder that every Tuesday and Thursday around pick-up time we’ll be meeting in the backfield to get as much accomplished as we can.  At least as much as we can in a “casual” manner.  I presume sun tea will be a staple and we’ll go from there.  Thanks all.

Casual Farm Afternoons and International World Water Day

Casual Farm Afternoons and International World Water Day

It was a surprise to me to hear about International World Water Day which is this Thursday the 20th.  It has been rattling around in my brain for about a month as to how to celebrate it and how to get people to know about it.  While I am not a person that needs another holiday I think this one is valid.  Water is such a wonderful resource that so often does not get the respect it deserves.  On our developing farm the main thing we are accomplishing this year is making it water-wise.  I believe everyone has seen the wonderful piles of wood-chips.  These are going to be our best defense against water scarcity and our most abundant gift for wise water use.

The techniques we are using really are not known widely enough.  We are going to be able to sink our water deeper in the field, allowing us to use less water, suppress our weed issues, save labor, and develop a soil that in the end will give us higher nutrition in our crops.  To do all this though I do need help in the back farm field.  I need people to lend me their wheel barrels and to give what time they can to help haul mulch.  I’ve thought about just one big work party, however with people giving so much of their time these past weekends to the concession stand I thought it might just be too much.  I figure there is a lot of activity at school during pick-up time.  People like being social and I think we should encourage this.  Thus I would like to invite people to the back field on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting this Thursday the 20th (I have a board meeting this Tuesday) to help me prepare the back field for this coming spring.  Just whatever time you might have to give.  Talk to other involved parents, enjoy some sun tea, and help our budding farm enterprise.  This is not an aftercare program, just a fun event to experience with your children after school.  I thought this would be a great day to kick off “Casual Farm Afternoons” as it coordinates with International World Water Day and perhaps we could all think a little on what water does for all of us while we prepare our school garden.

Like I said previously, we are in need of wheel barrels that we can borrow.  It will do no good for the back field if we get a bunch of people and only one wheel barrel.  We could also use a few shovels to help everything go smoothly.  I suggest writing your name on these tools you are generously willing to lend to this effort and if you could leave them here for others to use until we are done with this project that would be great.

There is much to come from our farm field.  We are  hoping to begin a CSA to feed our faculty this summer as well as looking at potential markets for our produce.  There is talk about preserving food stores for weekly soups  for next school year too.  Stay tuned to this blog to hear details about all these developments and more.  Thanks, and I hope to see you all on Thursday the 20th around pick-up time.

Wish List

  • Wheel-Barrels
  • Shovels
  • Help Tues/Thurs 3pm Starting on Thurs, 3/20/14

Vegetables Planned for the Waldorf School Gardens

Artichoke

Asparagus

Basil

Beans

Beets

Brussel Sprout

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cress

Cucumbers

Fennel

Flowers

Gourds

Greens

Kale

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Lettuce

Luffa

Melon(other)

Minutina

Mustards

Nasturtium

Onions (bulbs)

Onions (bunching)

Peppers, Hot

Peppers, Sweet

Pumpkin

Radish

Radish (podding)

Rutabaga

Squash

Strawberry

Sunflower

Tomatoes

Turnips

Watermelon

Make a Wish for the New Year

Gardeners and Farmers have always had their own brand of traditions.  In a way the whole science of biodynamics is really a tradition.  Silke, our early childhood lead, asked me the other day if I had plans for the garden in relation to Three Kings Day (Jan 6th), something previous growers here at the school had celebrated with the land.  At the time I had nothing planned for this day though wanted some way to begin re-integrating the school with the lovely land just behind them.  Three Kings Day also called Epiphany is seen as a day when the new season begins to incarnate.   More