OK, no más agua, por favor

Buenos dias, Diego here. The skies have really opened up at the Dixie Chile Ranch. It ends up April, 2013, is one of the wettest Aprils in many years (5 inches of rain in just one storm, with over 10 inches of rain for the month.)

So we’re still waiting to put the greenhouse plants in the ground. We’ve been working very hard between rainstorms getting the garden beds prepared, but so far the soil is too wet to plant anything. We didn’t even get the Roma and Blue Lake green beans planted yet. But there’s still plenty of time, and with many of our plants are growing and thriving in the greenhouse, we figure we’ll be in great shape for a stellar growing season.

Good news: our local strawberry farmer should have strawberries available by the flat in about 8 or 9 days!

Strawberry Fields Strawberries from Kenton, Tennessee

Strawberry Fields Strawberries from Kenton, Tennessee

Don’t forget, you can order them online at Union Grove Produce (www.uniongroveproduce.com). Go to the ‘You Click-We Pick’ Page and scroll down to:

‘You Click- We Pick’™
Pay for Your Order Here
The ‘We Pick’ Strawberries Flats – Market Price
Locally-grown strawberries from the Kenton, Tennessee, area sold by the flat, picked fresh just for you. Reserve your flats of strawberries today.

Estimated 1st Pick Date is the week of May 6, 2013. (Subject to change.) We’ll call you when your order has been harvested and is ready for you to pick up. Flats are $25 each and have 8 quart baskets per flat.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure and register at http://www.uniongroveproduce.com for the ‘You Click – We Pick’ program!

As we say around here, “Pueden nuestras frutas y verduras llevar alegría a tu mesa.” (May our fruits and vegetables bring joy to your dining table.)

Well, I need to check how the ark is coming … oops, I mean garden. Let’s see, that’s 48 Anaheim chile plants, 48 jalapeño plants, 72 tomato plants, 96 bell pepper plants …

Hasta luego, ya’ll –
Diego

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Brrrrr, it’s been muy frio (cold)

Buenas dias, my friends – Diego, the chile cowboy at the Dixie Chile Ranch and the Union Grove Produce Company, here. It’s been very wet at the Dixie Chile Ranch, making it very difficult to get the fruit and vegetable plants in the ground and growing for our summer season. And the up-and-down temperatures, 80 degrees one day and 55 the next, have added to the dilemma of when to plant the seedlings.
However, the good news is, we have the greenhouse where it is nice and warm and the plants are all growing and getting bigger and stronger every day. So we just need a week of dry, warm weather to get them into the ground.
We have planted a few crops!
The sweet corn is in the ground; so are carrots and red potatoes.
We’ve added 18 Triple Crown blackberry bushes to the farm this year, and now have a total of 25 blueberry bushes.

This coming week we’ll be planting the Roma and Blue Lake green beans.

As you can see, we have a large number of chile, bell pepper, cucumber, broccoli, squash, and tomato plants in our greenhouse just looking for the warm days ahead.

As you can see, we have a large number of chile, bell pepper, cucumber, broccoli, squash, and tomato plants in our greenhouse just looking for the warm days ahead.

Our local strawberry farmer is fertilizing and watering in anticipation of an early May harvest this year. (Hope the late frost doesn’t damage the crop.) Keep watching here for the first sell date for strawberries for the 2013 growing season.
And if you haven’t already done so, be sure and register at http://www.uniongroveproduce.com for the ‘You Click – We Pick’ program!
Well, I need to amble over and check the greenhouse plants.

As we say around here, “Pueden nuestras frutas y verduras llevar alegría a tu mesa.” (May our fruits and vegetables bring joy to your dining table.)

Hasta luego, ya’ll
Diego