Winter Garden Lettuce..
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Only three weeks left in the winter ‘season’ garden, and the plants are rocking it! The weather this week has been excellent for the greenhouse, very warm, lots of sunshine. It has almost been a challenge to keep the plants watered and not let them get too hot. The outside Beets that have been going out are showing more growth in the greens, which is the whole point of the exercise. The White beet, ‘Avalanche’ have what seems to be the sweetest and less ‘earthy’ taste to their greens. There are only a few of the red beets and the Orange are not in that good of a condition. Speaking of condition, the carrots are requiring surgery to try and get you good quality. The taste is great, but the over-wintering seems to need some changes to the process, perhaps a dryer area.
The pick this week will be very similar to last week. There are more radishes, especially the larger ones called “dragon.” Turnip greens are immense; the bulbs are starting to plump on the Turnips. Unless one of you specifically asks, the plan is to let the Turnips continue to grow.
Parsley has been a disappointment. The lower bed used for the Parsley seems to remain cool quite a bit longer, which slows down the early growth. There are new plants coming in for the main season, the existing plants are going to have to step up their game for Green season.
Generally you are getting a couple of green onions, a couple of radishes, then the greens. If you want more radish or onion, ask. The Red Kale is larger than the green; sometimes you will get a small frond of green or two. The Mustard is doing pretty well, if you want more of that than you have been getting ask.
There was a push to get confirmation of Green Season membership this week – it looks like most people have decided and informed as to their intentions. There is still some room, maybe one or two in the green season. Main season planting is going on pretty heavily right now, with some basic assumptions of numbers. Hope you are enjoying your portion!