Winter is coming on quick and the farm/garden is getting ready for the cold weather.The Japanese Maples have gone from green to yellow and then red in a matter of three days.Not much for the fall season.
Yes that’s right, we have planted nearly 200 plants and will now move to amending the soil for another 800 more or less.The soil will be amended with charged biochar, cow manure mixed with hay, and native soil and left over winter to be ready for planting in the spring.
Last weekend we participated in the 'Island Grown Farm Tour' on San Juan Island. The farm tours are an annual event held on three of the islands in the San Juan's; San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island on consecutive weekends.
We were a little hesitant about participating at first because we are in the process of building our tea farm and Japanese garden and were concerned it was not far enough along, but in the end decided that people might like to see a tea farm being built in its early stages, which proved to be exactly right!
A lot has happened in the past few weeks.Money (our 32 year old horse) has been pining after his pasture mate passed on.We purchased the Scottish Highland cows thinking they would serve as pasture mates, but that experiment did not pan out as we could not put them in the same pasture, so they are over the fence companions.....
The tea farm is coming along nicely.Today I planted the two Jim Dandy hollies, which were needed to pollinate the other female hollies.If all goes well and the deer leave them alone we should have berries next spring.
May has left and we are entering the dry season here on San Juan Island.The tourists have descended on the rock and Friday Harbor is a buzz of activity.The same is true here on San Juan Island Tea Farm.
It has been a very busy couple of weeks here on the farm. The tea beds are readied and are now in maintenance mode until fall. The Japanese garden in the retired riding arena is now the object of our attention. The bamboo forest has been started. The layout is roughed in and we are creating the overall layout.