Bay Branch Farm

a vegetable farm in lakewood and cleveland, oh | we grow food

Planning for 2013

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Well, it’s that time of year again. The mailbox is flooded with colorful seed catalogs and we start getting excited about spring (despite the cold, frozen ground!). Last weekend we attended the OEFFA conference and got a good nudge in the direction of getting started with planning. Usually the winter months are spent relaxing, though this season we have made some life changes, so it’s been quite a busy stretch these past few months. Needless to say, we are feeling behind and our records from last season are a bit shy of complete…..ah, the importance of doing that critical daily recording of tasks hits us again and we pledge to do better this season.

That being said, we have inventoried our seeds, mapped out our planting schedule, set goals, and whipped all that up into several spreadsheets that will help guide us through the season. While the actual will likely be quite different from the plan, we have to plan in order to have an idea of where we are going and how to get there. Spink took on the bulk of the planning this year and I’m grateful that he seems to have a system. We are trimming our varieties down to those that have worked best for us in the past in an effort to simplify and focus our work. And, while it may not look like it outside, spring is just around the corner….time to get those seeds ordered and start thinking about soil blocking!

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