Using the new mulch layer to lay the biodegradable mulch at our field. Using this machine saved us 3 days - we normally lay it by hand!
A 3 hour job to lay 19 beds.
Planting potatoes into the mulch - we also had our friend Chris Wagner help us on this day - we was a huge help on both the potatoes and onions - thanks, Chris!!!
The onion tunnel - looking so good! Nothing we hate more than weeding onions - this mulch has been a life-saver in that department!
Making the delivery to Gardener's Supply Company! We did 3 wagon loads just like this one - and that's only a little less than half the total! Nice early season revenue...
Geese & ducks looking good! We can't wait to get these guys out to the field this week!
We've been training them to grass and weeds from the farm - hoping they'll take to it naturally!
Spencer plucking dandelion heads! A lot of recipes say to remove all the green around the petals - we never have and never will. This is an unnecessary step, not to mention time consuming. The amount of dandelions in these bags totaled 5 pounds - just so you can get a sense of volume.
- 2 Gallons, or about 3 pounds of dandelion heads
- 3 pounds of raisins
- 10 pounds of sugar
- 6 tsp. of acid blend (citric, tartaric & malic)
- 1 tsp. of grape tannins
- 2 tsp. of yeast nutrient
- 1 pkt. champagne yeast
- 5 gallons of spring water (or well water)
- Combine all above ingredients in a 6 gallon pail. Specific gravity of 1.11 - 1.13. Cover with a plastic bag. Let bubble and ferment happily for 10 days at room temperature. Every couple of days in those 10 days, stir the mixture.
- After the 10 days, rack the liquid off of the solids into a 5 gallon glass carboy. Cork the carboy with an air lock stopper. Let it do it's thing in a dark corner of your house for 6 to 9 months.
- Every 2-3 months during those six months, rack the liquid off the sediment. Put back into carboy and wait.
- If you start it in May, it's ready to bottle in December. It's a great taste of Spring in the dead of winter. Enjoy!!!
- All of the ingredients can be found at your local homebrew store - in our neck of the woods, we go to the one in Winooski. Have fun!!!