Friday, November 12, 2010

Joy Rides

     I've shown you my greenhouse in previous posts. I have received some comments on it. We currently have two greenhouses. The small one is used for seed starting and housing plants that cannot fit in the big greenhouse. The larger one (16'x52') is used for growing many of the crops that go to the fields on our farm. This time of year, the big greenhouse is used for growing lettuce and micro greens. I keep leftover herb plants in there to protect them from the cooler weather. I am also experimenting with fig propagation, celery and leeks. There'll be more seeded for that house over the next week. Last count was 171 plant trays of seed or plants. I heard a rumor, from this cute guy on a tractor, that I'm way behind on the amount of lettuce and micro greens that should be growing.

     Today was my first time riding the water wheel planter. The planter is pulled by a tractor. It has a wheel that places small plants in the ground, waters them, and compacts the soil on either side.

Only the newest, flashy equipment here!

Each of these trays has 72 plants in it.

A plant is placed on one of the arms. It gently closes
on the plant until it reaches the ground. The arm of the
planter places it down into freshly plowed soil, then the 
tank releases water for it.

This is a plant being placed in the ground.

        Someone needs to go behind the planter to make sure that each plant is securely in the soil.My girls just about fight over who will get to ride the planter. Now I know why. I need to practice saying, "Nuh-uh! It's not your turn. It's my turn to ride the planter!"


  1. Wow! How awesome!

    Stopping in on the Follow Friday Link up!!!

    Hope you are having a great day!


    Stop over and share your awesomeness over here....

  2. I want to ride on that, too!

    Your greenhouse is bigger than my house. I'm excited about putting together a little 8x8 greenhouse to noodle around in. I would just gaze lovingly if I had one your size!

  3. Such work - even if it is assisted with automation! :)

  4. That is so cool, I bet when you get in and night you are exhausted. It looks gorgeous though and how fulfilling to do that. Nothing better than seeing the works of your hands growing in the fields. I am impressed 171 flats!! That is incredible! Oh I never have heard of the nifty planter. That is awesome.

  5. Oh my gosh - that is beautiful. I LOVE the green house. Such beautiful land. What state are you located in?

    I am a new follower of yours from the 40 and over blog hop!

    Please stop by and follow back when you get a chance. :-)


  6. Hard,but very rewarding work! I am envious of your greenhouse,It is too hot now to plant any vegetables here,so flowers will have to do for the next couple of months. Good job Patrice!

  7. what a fun post, I've always wondered how the young plants were put into the field with a tractor.

    I'v here via "follow friday"

  8. I'm so envious of your greehouse. Your planter reminds me of the one my dad used to plant tobacco years ago. Yes, we all loved to ride the planter.

  9. Stopping by from the blog hop! I'm your newest follower! :) Loved seeing these pictures! I would want to ride the planter too. :) Please stop by!

    Lisa xoxo

  10. Assert your parental powers and make sure that you always ride the planter!!

  11. Stopping by from Follow 40...congrats on the win this week.

    Your green house is huge! I bet you get some wonderful things come out of it too.

    Stop by if you like.
    ~Naila Moon


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