Spring arrives at the farm!

Finally – after what seemed like a winter that would simply never end, spring has sprung at the farm.

It is hard to believe that 9 years ago, the farm was simply 3 acres of overgrown brush.

But as the spring of 2018 rolls in, here we are,108 months later – gardening, living, and loving our time at our little OWG farm.

spring arrives
There has been a lot of planting and building going on at the farm – like this new garden entrance!

This has been an amazing few months for us. Being at the farm full-time now has allowed us to concentrate on what we love most – dreaming, building, planting, and working outside.

There is something so incredible about getting the opportunity to work with your hands. And we have been doing a lot of that lately!

Here is a look at a few of the new projects we’ve been working on, along with photos of spring at the farm.

Spring Arrives – Photos From The Farm!

Celebrating 9 Years…

early spring at old world garden farms

Our Old World Garden post signs were starting to show a bit of wear after a few years. So, we decided to update them with a new look to celebrate the farm’s beginning.

We make our homemade post signs with simple and inexpensive yard signs. To dress them up, we create a wood frame around them and then attach to our planter posts.

It is our little secret way create an expensive-looking sign for about $15.

A Little Remodeling For The Honey Bees

springtime at the farm

Everybody deserves a new look now and then – even the honey bees!

We decided to spruce up their digs a little this year with a new paint job and a custom roof.

We had some left over cedar planks from building the house, so we decided to use them to create a little new roof line to help shed water off of the top of the hives.

While we were at it, we built them a more solid base to keep the hives level as well.

The Farm Comes To Life

dwarf cherry tree in bloom

Nothing says early spring more than beautiful blossoms filling the trees.

This dwarf weeping cherry tree in our side yard is loaded with gorgeous blooms. And filled with honey bees working them like crazy!

It is always such a great sight to see after seeing the trees bare for so long.

The Springtime Barn Additions

the barn remodel
barn remodel 2

It seems like we can never have enough projects going on at once. But, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

We finally completed the barn addition this past week. It took us a few weeks to frame and pour the concrete. But the only thing left to complete is the painting.

We also built two new rough-sawn doors for the front entrance, along with a concrete ramp.

We really want to have more farm to table dinner events at the farm in future years, and the additions will help make that a bit easier to do.

The Self-Sufficient Cabin Project Continues…

the cabin project at the farm

As spring arrives, we now have our little cabin in it’s final resting place!

We poured a concrete pad for the cabin a few weeks back, and thanks to Weaver Barns helping out – moved it into place to overlook the barn and garden.

This past week, we started installing a bit of landscaping around the edges. As always, we divide existing plants from the farm to create it all for free. See : Creating New Plants For Free – Landscaping On A Dime

In the coming weeks, we will be adding the solar panels and completing the interior.

It should be a great place for guests to spend the night at the farm!

What A Raised Row Garden Looks Like In Early Spring

raised row garden in early spring

Wonder what a Raised Row Garden looks like in early spring? This is a photo from our garden taken on April 13th.

The walking rows are all covered in a thick coat of protective weed-stopping bark mulch. And the growing rows are filled thick with our cover crop of cereal rye.

We started mowing the cover crop off yesterday. We use a small push mower for the task, which takes just a few minutes.

By planting day (May 20-30th for summer crops), it will have nearly all died off. We then use a post hole digger to punch right through the soil and plant without ever tilling.

It usually takes us about 30 minutes to plant the entire 40 x 60 garden. It really is a wonderful way to garden with ease. See : Raised Row Gardening

Building A New Springtime Garden Entrance

spring arrives with a new garden structure

I have always wanted to try my hand at post and beam construction. And, we have always wanted to build a more stately entrance to the garden.

The result? A new post and beam garden structure! It was so fun to build, and we love the way it now defines the garden space.

We will have an article all about the garden structure in a few weeks, but we thought we would show a sneak peak today for the photo tour.

Signs Of Life In The Garden – Spring Arrives

spring arrives in the garden

Speaking of the garden, the first seeds of the season are now up!

Our radish seeds broke through the ground this past week to start it all off.

It will still be awhile before the tomatoes, peppers and other summer crops go in, but it is a start!

We hope you enjoyed the photos – here is to a great growing season for all! Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary.

The OWG Farm In Photos – Spring Arrives With Projects, Plants And Fun!

7 thoughts on “The OWG Farm In Photos – Spring Arrives With Projects, Plants And Fun!

  • April 25, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Susan, yes it can look a bit weird in the beginning but they rye will die back soon. We keep ours trimmed back with an electric weed-eater and hand shears for a few weeks while waiting. For the beans – just mow the row down as low as you can and use a pick to break through your soil to create a furrow for the beans.

  • April 15, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Happy Spring! My raised row garden looks much like yours but here in central KY we start planting earlier than you folks. I have already mowed my rye cover crop twice and it is still growing back and green. I finally used a posthole digger to plant kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower seedlings right in the rye. Added coffee grounds, egg shells, and worm castings to each hole. The plants are doing ok but it looks strange to have the rye growing all around. Also, it will soon be time to plant row crops like beans…. what do you use to break through the thick thatch from the rye?

  • April 14, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Good afternoon Melissa,

    With the raised rows being a separate growing space, there is no worry of that issue. We use the bark chips only in the walking rows and have no issues with increased acid in the growing soil.

  • April 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Will the wood mulch between the rows cause an abundance of acid in the garden soil?

  • April 14, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Thank you for the photo on the raised rows I just bought the book very informative with great garden ideas on saving money. I can’t wait to try out the raised row method. Thanks for all your tips and for publishing a great book I love reading it.

  • April 14, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Love the signs of Spring!! We still have slow melting snow in the Great Northeast!!!

  • April 14, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Love the pics and update.

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