100 toilet paper tubes planted with tomatoes for our first Farmers Market event of the year.

110 toilet paper tubes planted with tomatoes for our first Farmers Market event of the year.

The last few days I have been getting my chop and drop on.  It’s inevitable that the rains are coming and I want all of that good dead and dying material on the ground to build that beautiful soil that we all look for. Being that this is my 3rd year of using permaculture principles in our little orchard and I can already tell a difference if I pull the organic material back I’ve got a couple inches of nice black top soil where there used to be clay and river rock.  For those of you that don’t know, this permaculture stuff works.  If you want to see it first hand and you’re in the area ask me and I will show you.

It’s been a quick change from winter to spring this year and I can tell the plants were ready because they have really turned to blooming. It’s almost like someone flipped a switch.  Now I just have to hope that we don’t get a freeze and that spring has actually sprung and isn’t just teasing us but this is Oklahoma and anything is possible.

I have got to get busy with all of this happening in such a hurried fashion this year.  If we don’t get that freeze I don’t want to be the farmer at the market that ends up late with the good stuff.  See, without a doubt the absolute biggest seller at our market is tomatoes and I plan to have a ton of them and I hope to be one of the first vendors to have them this year. Therefore I have planted a huge load of heirloom seedlings and I’ve also purchased a few larger hybrid plants to take cuttings from. Wish us luck we’ll probably need it!

Well, that’s about all I got, take it easy.



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