As the nights in the North Country see colder and colder nights, we've begun prep work on Better Farm's main house and grounds to better insulate our people and plants.
There's opportunity in every planting zone for year-round harvesting. Here's a cheat sheet for rotating your planting schedule:
We're doing kale and garlic as our bumper crop this fall, while adding lots of hay, compost, and cardboard to existing plants in the garden to encourage growth throughout the fall (our broccoli, swiss chard, kale, cauliflower, tomato, squash, eggplant, potato, and celery plants are all still growing strong!). For fresh rounds of plants like kale, we
to protect the immature plants and, later when the weather really dips, to protect mature plants from the elements:
Here are some baby kale plants waking up in a cold frame:
Inside, we've also rotated our crop in our
, starting some various salad sprouts as well as more lettuce.
Studies have found that by
. Insulating the ducts helps to maintain the desirable temperature without allowing any air to enter or escape and disturb the equilibrium being achieved. To that end, today we
joint in the basement to prevent air leaks and ensure the forced air makes it upstairs all winter long. (You can also insulate your entire ducts; see how
Inside the main house, we'll be
; sealing leaks in windows and doors, and exploring new ways to increase the efficiency of our kitchen-dwelling wood stove.
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