Jun 042011
 

Early morning bird songs fill the air
Knelt down in the early morning dew
Face toward Mother Earth – I am free

A faint click of the inverter signals Father Sun is rounding the oaks
Jingle of tags on collars prove my companions-protectors are with me
Grandmother spider scurries in front of me, snatching bugs as I pull up their cover
Daddy bluebird watches over chattering little ones while mommy catches a bite

Peach, pear, cherry, and hazelnuts rustle in the light breeze while almond sways gently
Barn owls who their good night-end as they settle in -
Second totem, after Wolf, before Raven
Pain reminds me my daily path is not true

Tiny yellow flowers dance like faeries over the lady’s mantle
A snap of peppermint floods childhood memories -
Incense and peppermints and strawberry alarm clocks
Pretty red roses remind me of a friend who saved me
Sun-soaked to the core of my soul – I am happy

Charentais flowers unfold their faces toward the sun
Mason bees buzz happily in the tomato forest
A tribe of chipmunks sounds the warning
As hawk settles majestically in the white pine

Cackling hens signal fresh eggs
An old squaw – some say medicine woman – creaks without groaning
Red beet soldiers line up for thinning - the selection process is brutal
Black swallowtail dances effortlessly-carelessly through the air

Strawberries half red, blueberries almost blue
Raspberries are plump with promise
Air heavy with the intoxicating smell of honeysuckle
It must be June at Dharma Dogs Farm

Wanishi
Weli Kishku

Lenape for:
Thank you
Have a Good Day

Apr 092011
 

If you want to call it that here in central PA. It has been very cold, damp, raining – and yes, we even have had snow in the last few weeks, depending on how high your property is.

This is the weirdest spring for us in a lot of ways. First, there is no real garden planted. Normally, St. Patrick’s day would be the day we put in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and plant onion sets, spinach and peas (not together). Normally, I would put a few lettuce, carrot, and beet seeds out to see when the soil warms enough for them to germinate (that’s the time to plant them). But this year, there has been carnage to the vegetable garden. Most of my herb garden is gone – I was happy to see a few stragglers I can rebuild with:

The Lady’s Mantle is coming back pretty well.
A few pretty flowers for encouragement
Sure, there’s one echinacea making a valiant effort, as well as a yarrow – but most of the gardens have been flattened, muddied, and are barren. What could cause this kind of destruction?
Yea – we still LOVE them and our lives revolve around them :-)
None to fear – there is plenty in the greenhouse gardens to eat:
Kale
Spinach
Endive
Romaine Lettuce
An over-wintered Swiss Chard, and
Chives
In a year where the economy and radiation are both looming threats, we are thankful for our greenhouse. Food costs are increasing at an alarming rate, and pesticides, herbicides, and genetically-modified produce is getting harder and harder to avoid, we encourage everyone to grow at least some of their produce this year.
Here’s to a healthy growing season!
Peace, Love and Laughter,
Dharma Dogs
Jul 122010
 
We were hit pretty hard with storms this afternoon. No bodily harm or property damage, but this made us realize the seriousness of growing your own food when you really need to.
The corn
beans and Hungarian peppers
beets
a very destressed peach tree
blown over elderberry
lettuce
poblano peppers
and just when you are so depressed you cry, you find:
standing tall sunflowers
and
quinoa
and
some very scared, but safe girls :)
Hope you all have faired well!
Dharma Dogs
Apr 182010
 

None of us can be happier to be turning off the pellet stove and getting outside in the sun – and the dirt! We have been eating salad or other vegetables just about every day from the greenhouse.

We have plenty of Kale

and Broccoli Raab, also known as Rapini

and have been eating plenty of salads using Romaine, Kale leaves, Arugula, Endive, and Radish.

We started a pre-sprouted red potato in the greenhouse under the rowcovers back in February. It will soon be flowering, which means we will have baby red potatoes to sneak.

We even have a few nasturtiums started to grow along the support wires and other seedlings are started on the shelves.

The greenhouse has surely proven to be essential to us in the quest to grow our own food. We tilled a new 50 x 16 foot vegetable bed last week. We also planted potatoes and seeded the parsley and chervil. The blueberries have flowers, as do the peach, pear, apple, and almond trees.

The chickens are ready for their new home, which we will be building soon. We struggle with wanting to allow them to roam the yard eating whatever they’d like, which would no doubt include ticks! However, we not only have the two German Shepherd puppies to herd them endlessly around the yard, but also several hawks, a pair of falcons, a pair of great horned owls, and a recently spotted eagle. The girls are best protected in their moveable house, and soon 8×13 foot kennel home.

Sophia

Ursula

The girls have been giving us about 6 eggs per day. We have been using them to make eat, make pasta, and feed the dogs naturally. We also have been supplying our families, and selling a few dozen.

Michele has been beyond busy keeping up with the gardens, Indigo Studio, and working full time. Growing your own food is a big responsibility that takes a great deal of time – the time is enjoyable and rewarding though. She will hopefully be part time soon and able to better keep up with our dreams.

Peace to all,
Dharma Dogs

Mar 232010
 

This past weekend, the greenhouse was spring-cleaned. Currently, lettuces, spinach, potato, broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli raab, radish, beet, and arugula are quickly growing. Kale and oregano are harvestable at this time, and two tomato seedlings are starting out in the greenhouse with a little protection. We occasionally get 6-inch tall, clear, square containers that nuts or seeds come in in the bulk aisle. We set the 4-inch pot on the lid and it covers nicely without intruding on the seedling.

On the east side of the greenhouse, a 10×16 foot bed has been earmarked for the culinary herbs that we will begin selling this summer. We erected a two-food tall fence to create a border for the dogs. I will use this bed for the spring vegetables first while the new vegetable bed is being created. Peas were seeded in a 3×12 bed that will later be the home of the basils and sunflowers. Beets and onion sets were seeded in a 2×12 bed. The parsley and chervil will live permanently along the edges of the fence in order to get a bit of shade.

Our chives will be ready to harvest in just a few short weeks. Anyone interested can email us for additional information at thefarm@dharmadogsfarm.com.