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New Arrivals to the Micro Farm

Jul 17, 2011

Cohocton River Rock Micro Farm has some new editions this week. A local garden center has a discount program that I was able to take advantage of this past week. I purchased five new herbs; winter savory, summer savory, oregano, apple mint, and orange mint. I know its late in the season, but I am hoping these perennials will take root and come back next year. I also put the blueberries in the ground this past week. My area has not had rain in a while like many of you, but as I dug about a foot into the ground I saw no damp soil. So I soaked each of the holes and let them sit all day and transplanted the blueberries in the evening. This afternoon I placed chairs over the plants to give them shade for most of the day to avoid sun’s intensity. On Friday, my friend Dylan and I traveled to Steve and Tina’s sheep farm to pick up a truck load of sheep manure. Dylan was not very excited, but enjoyed meeting Steve. We dropped the manure off at my house. The manure is a bit hot, but I have been turning it ever other day. In this weather it will dry out quickly. I hope to add some to the garden this week. I am enjoying watching different plants develop. The heat has been very good for the peppers and tomatoes. The plants in the Circle Garden are watered with a soaker hose. From my general observations I think this garden is doing slightly better than the other gardens. I am making plans to add either soaker hoses or drip irrigation to the rest of the gardens next Spring. Keeping the garden watered is the major chore this week. Stay cool this week. Do not forget to stop by a farmers’ market and buy some fresh fruits or vegetables. Stay cool. The pictures are available at


Hi Spencer Don,t forget that Blueberries prefer an acidic soil. Whatever your soil is, the plants will benefit from being mulched with coffee grounds or ripped tea bags. Your local coffee shop will often supply used coffee grounds for free. Glenn
Hi Glenn, Thanks. They are right under a large pine tree. They will get lots of needles this fall and next spring. If we run out, we won't need to get grounds from a coffee shop. With the amount of coffee we drink we could light up our town from the caffeine shakes. ;). Thanks for the advice and reading. Hope you are staying cool and getting plenty of rain. Spencer
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