• 27 Jul 2012 6:36 PM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    We have over 80 alder logs inoculated with oyster and shiitake mushrooms resting in the shade of our back forest. We're starting to inoculate more each week and will eventually reach 250 logs.

    The first mushroom crop will be this fall. Our yield will increase each year for the first three years, then level off for the fourth year. We'll add more logs each year for a steady supply of delicious organic mushrooms. 
  • 23 Jul 2012 7:00 PM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    Our top bar bee hives are getting a bit crowded, so we harvested a few combs of honey. One comb gave us about 5 pounds of light slightly floral honey. With that much honey coming from one comb, we will definitely be selling honey at the produce stand!
  • 29 Jun 2012 6:30 PM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    Eric D. and I finished planting the front field today. We now have 23 rows of crop guilds (crops planted in communities that benefit each other). One classic guild that we have planted is the "Three Sisters" which is corn, pole beans, and squash. Another is tomato, basil, and broccoli. Each of the 23 rows has its own unique guild. Each row also has one flower group: marigold, nasturtium, or calendula.
  • 22 Jun 2012 7:32 PM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    Cary of Cascade Natural Honey Company let us borrow his bee vacuum today to collect a swarm of bees that gathered in one of our apple trees. We discovered the swarm yesterday and gave Cary a call this morning. We put the bees into one of our under performing hives after removing two queens and now they're all one big "happy" family. Thanks Cary!
  • 20 Jun 2012 6:34 PM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    Eric D. and I finished planting six different potato guilds today. We started with 50 lbs of seed potatoes and companion planted with five to seven other plants per row including basil, bean, broccoli, cabbage, corn, kale, feverfew, marigolds, marjoram,  nasturtium, parsley, radicchio, sage, squash, and thyme. Tomato guild planting is on the menu for next week.
  • 28 May 2012 7:36 PM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    This is a cool tractor attachment - it lays down one or two drip irrigation lines while simultaneously laying paper mulch on top of the bed. The machine even buries the edges of the paper mulch with soil to hold it down. Watering and chemical-free weed control taken care of in one pass!

    Thanks Mom, Ana, and Buckeye Tractor.
  • 21 May 2012 10:18 AM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    Our early apple tree is covered with young apples. We have six old heirloom trees that came with the farm. We pruned them up a bit and were expecting an off year from the pruning shock. Looks like the pruning made the trees happy!
  • 18 May 2012 10:11 AM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    The 60 cucumber plants we started inside are covered with blossoms and will be planted outside on Saturday. Amazing to see how well they have done with 100% artificial light.

  • 17 May 2012 6:30 PM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    Caveman and I set up six drip lines today and as Murphy would have it, it rained. Great to have the extra help from a good friend - thanks Caveman!

  • 12 May 2012 7:00 PM | Jolly Rancher (Administrator)
    Now all 3,000 blueberry bushes are in the ground and getting watered. 2,000 of them will be relocated into their permanent positions over the next month or so. For now, they are all tucked in a getting water and sunshine.
Soos Creek Farm
21854 148th Ave. SE, Kent, WA 98042
(253) 642-6035

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