Please accept my apologies for any bombardment of your inbox in the next several days as I get things updated on the website. I THOUGHT I’d found a work around to keep you all from getting notifications with each post, but it may not be working. It’s a bit hard to tell from this end.

cordwood shed at bird's nest garden farm
The cordwood shed sits snug as a bug

Most of the backdated posts are pulled from my newsletters last season. So if you are one of my veggie share people, you may feel some deja vu.

It actually is a bit fun to review last year’s season in this condensed way. Plus I’m loving seeing all that colour when all outside right now is white and assorted neutral tones.

Rest assured, I’m deep into crop planning and inventorying seeds.

In six weeks I’ll get my first little seeds started and the growing lights turned on. By that time the days will be longer and there will be more daylight to run our off-grid system.

So, settle in and review last summer or delete at will. Or wonder of wonders, maybe the workaround worked and you’re thinking I’m off my nut. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you are seeing at your end!

Keep well – Erin



Bean There, Done That (Newsletter)

fresh beans for polka dot hen produce veggie boxes
Fresh beans are coming your way this week.

I’m drawing a bit of a blank tonight regarding what to write about. This heat and humidity really take it out of me. At least the evenings are cooling off a bit.

The individual days kind of blend together into one big mass. Looks like there’s a few more similar days coming our way. So my deja vu may continue.  

But these are great conditions for the “tropicals.” The tomatoes and cucumbers are growing into a jungle. And the beans, oh my. The beans continue to produce more with every rain. And the second planting will soon be bearing as well. Continue reading “Bean There, Done That (Newsletter)”

Using the Long Days (Newsletter)

freshly harvested garlic at polka dot hen produce
The garlic harvest begins! Here the largest and best heads of Stella wait to have their roots trimmed. Stella is a softneck garlic variety (no scapes) that has a milder flavour at harvest that deepens in storage. 

Sorry this newsletter is a bit late. Yesterday kind of got away from me. I thought a good night’s sleep was better for the veggie scheme this week than a slap dash, late night newsletter.

So why did Sunday slip away? Well for starters, I tried my hand at a new skill. And boy, do I need to practice. That gal on Youtube made it look easy. Continue reading “Using the Long Days (Newsletter)”

Patience is a Virtue, Right? (Newsletter)

green beans growing for polka dot hen produce shares
Little green beans are forming in the bean patch. So many veggies are on the verge of taking off. It is hard to be patient.

What was I just saying last week about taking time to appreciate the days? This week I feel like I can’t wait any longer. It’s time for certain veggies to just get on with it already! 

When I peek in the hoop house, there are cherry tomatoes just starting to turn scattered here and there among the greenery. The green beans are starting to fill in and the collards are slowly putting on some size. Little tiny eggplants are starting to form.

Deep breath. Everything in its time. Continue reading “Patience is a Virtue, Right? (Newsletter)”

A Beautiful Summer’s Day (Newsletter)

cup plant blooms at bird's nest garden farm
Cup plant reaches for the sky in July

Haven’t we had some beautiful days lately? I’m taking time to appreciate the beauty of the flowers and the activity of the birds these days. Time is passing and I don’t want to miss a thing. 

The second brood of robins that live over the garage have fledged and moved away from the house. So too, the phoebe family that nests every year under the eaves. Continue reading “A Beautiful Summer’s Day (Newsletter)”