Early November Report Sunlight pale as lemon juice, goats content to sleep in. We build fires, light candles, wear sweaters, clean leaves and dirt out of ditches, anticipate storms.
Category: Harms Vineyards: Passed Lives
The following posts were taken from the website for Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields, which we operated from 2010 until 2019. They offer a window into our lives on the farm and the ways the farm changed us. In 2018 we decided to end our lavender business but we continue to work with our land in ways that bring balance and health. Posts on this website will continue to follow our work.
Making Mulch In Napa County we are blessed with a free chipping service through Firewise, a community based fire awareness program to help reduce fire risk. This works well with our biodynamic mandate to recycle as much material as possible back into our land. We are always busy clearing downed wood and brush, and… Read more »
Moka and the new plugs of rose geranium before planting in May First Distillation of Rose Geranium Yesterday Donald distilled the first cutting of our May planted rose geranium, Pelargoniun graveolens roseum. The plant is incredibly sweet, vigorous, with many healing properties. This first hydrosol will go to Julia Faller of Bennedetta skin products. First harvest. We… Read more »
Buckeye butterfly beneath coyote bush After harvest we spray the crystal spray “501” on the vines and orchard to help prepare for the fruit the next year. This balances cosmic/solar forces with earth forces. We spray three times, once in each of the fruit (fire) astrological signs: Ares, Leo, and Sagittarius…. Read more »
Harvest Bouquet Food
Spreading Compost We spread last year’s compost pile yesterday afternoon and this morning, saving some for transplanting the helichrysum and lavender plants. The helichrysum will be transplanted this afternoon and tomorrow. Anna in finished compost pile Spreading compost in orchard. The white are minerals a soil test suggested. We till these all in after… Read more »
Autumn Special! Grace your fall table with the memory of summer fields of lavender! Biodynamic Organic Harvest Bouquet. $24.99 includes shipping! Certified: Biodynamic by Demeter Organic by Stellar County Organic Registration 28-0060.
Pollinator Watching! The coyote bushes, in full bloom, are abuzz these sunny days with many visitors! Native plants provide important sources of pollen for native pollinators and honey bees alike. Honey bee visiting coyote bush. Buckeye Butterfly rests under coyote bush. Not a pollinator, but she’s been” hanging out” here for a couple… Read more »
Some of the 380 helichrysum awaiting transplant. Preparing for the Helichrysum italicum This season brings many tasks. One of them is the preparation of the ground for the helichrysum plants we had propagated last spring from mother plants I had carefully selected to see if they liked to grow… Read more »