Each month on the farm has its own character and feel. After a few years, you start to feel the cycle turn. Every year is different, but much remains similar year after year. As the weather changes so do our tasks and workload. As our crops are planted, tended, and harvested, the population of staff and visitors on the farm ebbs and flows. I enjoy each month as it comes, and anticipate the events of the next.
We work all hard year round to prepare the farm for our big season, September and October. On the farm in September we are concentrating on harvesting winter squash and gourds, starting to prepare the fields for winter, and gearing up for pumpkin season.
September usually has better weather as Summer transitions into Fall. The maze paths are dry and the big sunflowers are at their peak. Even so, October has the force of tradition that keeps people waiting for their farm visits.
This is a bit of a retrospective look back at some of the highlights of September and October at Dr. Maze’s Farm.
It seems that the more activity we have going on at the farm, the less writing I do.
We have completed a very busy and eventful season since I last sent out our farm newsletter. On many occasions during that time I have paused to think that I should be writing about this in the newsletter or blog, but then another urgent matter would crop up and I would be off and running again. Now that I have some time to reflect on the year, I am thinking about how to schedule time for writing so it doesn’t always stay near the bottom of my To Do list. You may see more short posts and (even) less polish, but I will endeavor to be more timely with communications in the next year. Continue reading Thanks: One of many→
This is the first of a new series of articles where I give an update on what is going on at the farm. With one exception, I took all of these photos today (July 3).
Every day the plants are bigger and I find new things to see. Our crops are all planted and now we are focusing on weeding and on preparing for the upcoming Lavender Celebration weekends (July 11-13 and 18-20).
The vining crops are starting to blossom. We see flowers in the pie pumpkins, Jack O Lanterns, gourds, and the winter squash fields. Most of these have bright yellow-orange flowers, but the big hard gourds are have these beautiful frilly white flowers. Continue reading Farm and Field Today: July Edition→
It is Seedling Season here on the farm. The starts house is filling up with trays of tiny, growing plants that will soon be planted out into our fields.
At the turn of the year I gather up all the new seed catalogs and chose the crop varieties I want for the year. I consider what grew well, what sold well, how to mix things up so any one failure would be balanced by another success, and what strrikes my fancy. Looking at my records of what we grew in the past years, I make the decisions on what to grow and how many of each.
I chose just ten highlights to discuss from the many stories of 2013 at Dr. Maze’s Farm. Since I have combined them all into one post, the post is very long. They are listed in alphabetical order. Read on to learn about the Giant Chair, naked seed pumpkins, distillations, our labyrinth, the big Goat Walk field maze, and more.