Joyce Brown - Brown's Family Farm Market

Diary of Joyce Brown – Brown’s Family Farm Market -Week 3- March 14-20

March 14, 2011  

Well the rain and cold weather is really getting on my nerves! I am itching to get outside and get some work done. I guess I will quit complaining, and be contented to work in the greenhouses.  Today I worked on getting all of the hanging baskets priced, treated with fertilizer and ready to hang on the overhead lines. Hanging the baskets is one of my least favorite things to do. Up and down, lift and bend, you get a work out on this day. Each one is put on a pipe overhead and a dripper tube is placed in each one for ease of watering. It saves a lot of floor space and a lot of time when I can water them all in about 10 minutes with the dripper tubes. The baskets are really looking good. It is hard to believe how fast they grow.

March 15, 2011

Today we got quite a few plug flats of tomatoes started for both retail and the field. We usually start about 25 varieties of tomatoes. We used the seeder for some, but some we simply sprinkle the seed in a pan and plant them loose. If the seed is pelleted or covered with a lining we can use the seeder, if not we sprinkle them then transplant later. We have had some long work days lately getting ready for me being gone for the next few days. My daughter is going to have a baby soon. I will be tied up for a few days helping out with the new one and the grandchildren.

March 16, 2011

It has been a long night and a longer day, but finally little Jarrett Thomas Boyd has arrived. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 19 ½ inches long. He is a beautiful baby and clearly resembles his brother and sister. I have had someone else checking the greenhouse for me. It is grandma time!March 17th Today was another day at the hospital. Mom and baby are doing fine. The siblings came down and met their new brother this afternoon. It was a fun time.  Looks like the weather got nice just in time for me to be unable to get out and work.

March 18, 2011

Today is my youngest daughter Jamie’s birthday, she is 26. She will be getting married at the end of May. I took her out to breakfast and shared some special time with her. I sure miss my kids now that they are grown but the grandbabies are so precious that it helps. Little Jarrett came home from the hospital today. He has sure filled out already. The family is all doing well and we feel so blessed.  Today we started planting in another greenhouse. I like to fill one to capacity before opening another. We transplanted portulaca, ageratum, profusion zinnias, and red and green cabbage. I put some of the cabbage outside because the cold weather will help to hold it back. That way it will not be all ready at once. It is beginning to look like plant city down here!

March 19, 2011

This morning I took the market truck to the marketplace warehouse and unloaded everything for reorganization. It is time to clean and restock the truck for the farmers markets that we go to all summer and fall. We ran out of time last fall or we would have done it then. Since I had the bigger truck up there, we loaded some counters that came out of my brother in laws card shop that he recently shut down and took them to the farm market in Ross. I am reorganizing the inside of the market (again). I love to change things, clean them up and start fresh in the spring.

March 20, 2011

Up early to feed everybody, check the plants, then get to church on time. Sundays seem like such a short day. Everything was fine at the greenhouses, and with the new baby, so I went home for the afternoon. Tomorrow we start again with planting seeds and flower plugs.



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