Located at the base of Buckhorn Mountain at 6700' elevation, Buckhorn Gardens is a small, organic vegetable farm 13mi. south of Montrose, Colorado. Our farm is an active part of a 12,000 acre ranch; however, we only manage 3 acres with intensive vegetable gardening.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Thousands of leeks and onions later....there all planted. This is just one of the many projects we are working on, now that spring has arrived at 6,700 feet! Before we plant, first we prepare the beds. We weed, add compost, rake and level out the bed and lay out the drip irrigation. Sounds quick but sometimes the weeds take over and we end up spending a lot of time weeding. We always add mulch after we transplant or seed and give the plants a good drink. Even though it's just spring, the sun will drain our soil of all the moisture.

Darren has been busy in the orchard. Here he is spraying a dormant oil on the trees. It is used to protect the trees from fungus, insects and other diseases. The fruit trees were pruned about two weeks ago. Its does not take us long because they are still young and small. We have also spent time weeding the base of the fruit trees and will soon fertilize them.

Our really big project this spring has been putting up another high tunnel. It has taken us a while because the weather has not been cooperating and planting is the main priority. We are close to being finished and are now waiting for a windless day to put the plastic on. The interns helped us dig out the beds last Friday and today we finished up with adding the amendments. I think we all need a trip to Orvis to soak our sore muscles.

1 comment:

  1. You two are hard working, I can't wait to see the new improvements. Beautiful photos on this site also.