Green Season Week 2 In The Box

Broccoli and Cauliflower Bed

The weather continues to be a challenge – every few days it dips down to the upper 20’s over night, which means the tender starts need to be put into the propagation benches. The only good part of this is that the garden continues to dry, and the worked-up soil is warming.

Two trays of young Broccoli and Cauliflower were put out with weedguard paper and a floating crop cover this week because the soil is workable. Potatoes are also going in – there were two beds which had been covered with black plastic for almost a year. That kills the weeds, but more importantly for now it warms the soil. There is one more full bed that has plastic on it as well, which is likely going to get Beets and a small planting of Turnips.

This week’s box will bear a striking resemblance to last week. The Pac Choi will most likely be gone after week 2, and Asparagus is still to come, as is the cabbage. The Spinach in the greenhouse is not happy with the warmeth it is getting – which means the portion this week will be reduced. Lettuce is great, and tasting great as well.

The interesting surprise is that a bed of Broccoli that failed to produce in the extended season has decided to toss out small florets after all. This is very good, as the new Broccoli and Cauliflower won’t really be ready till the first part of the main season.

In the box week 2 – (sounds like week 1!)

Greens  Spinach, WInter Density &/or Adriana Lettuce, Pac Choi, WInterbor Kale, Curly Mustard
Crunchies Carrots (over-wintered), Radish (Dragon), Small Avalanche Beets, Possible large Subeto red beet – very large greens. There are small heads of Broccoli; only enough for salad. More is on the way.
Herbs Chives, Arugula, Garlic (from our storage), Small sprig of Parsley (still growing) Green Onions.
Option Small Parsnips, Golden Ball Turnip (huge greens), there is 1 (one) head of cabbage…

On Deck:

  • Cabbage is forming heads, both inside the greenhouse and outside.
  • Sugar Snap peas are still building vine, and in denial of the need to form blossoms.

Green Season is for Salad lovers!

By Doug

--- 'farmer doug' is the planner and heavy lifter for the CSA and the LLC. Loves to teach; "ask him the time, he'll tell you how to make a clock." Always has a new idea to try, some of which work. BTW - if you try and phone call, and you are NOT in his caller ID you will not be answered - just leave a message and you will be called right back.

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