Week 7 (of 8… Tempus Fugit)

Wow – here it is week 7 already – and today was the first two-day span of Spring. Winter again tomorrow, but rumor has it the temperature might vault up to 71 on Saturday, which would be absolutely stellar. The good thing is that with the higher (more sandy) garden some plants could be set out. Naturally, the between-bed weeds are waiting to be removed, but getting plants out takes priority. Four rows of Fall potatoes, 4 trays of bulb onions, 5 trays of Statice (flowers – although the pun of being a Statice seeker did come to mind) – lots more to set out later this week.

tediously transplanted bulb onions… plus another 8′ bed not shown.

Previously frozen potato doing a recovery.

Meanwhile, those plants damaged by the extremely late freeze are recovering. Potatoes are two things – sensitive to freeze, and capable of recovering. So – they are doing the recovery thing. There were two lucky members who each got a half pint of new potatoes last week – in theory, they will continue to ‘dribble’ out as the season progresses till they become pretty common. The inside the greenhouse starts are the ones getting their pockets picked now, and there is a short row that was planted in a raised bed between the Peas and Lettuce that should be next.  That bed is practically a full meal deal – the snap peas are maybe 8-10″ vines, and will take off with some better weather.

Lettuce, Peas and Potatoes. Almost a full meal!

One other crop is really kicking into gear – well, if an herb is a crop. The Cilantro is being very aggressive in growth. The plan hereon is that a sandwich baggie of Parsley and Cilantro, and a second baggie with Oregano and Mint should be in each box to go with the chives. Obviously, if you decide that herbs are not your ‘bag’ they can be left out. There will be small celery leaves for those who ask as well – the mulch paper for the celery bed has been delayed, according to the vendor it was shipped from Colorado 5/17. The Celery really wants to be in the ground, but the bed reserved for it must have mulch paper or it will need to be weeded every half hour or so.

Very vigorous Cilantro – want a lot?

All in all, a couple of days with no 45F wind and 1″ of rain is a real big happy day at the farm.

And, with that here is the semi-famous in-the-box list:

Lettuce Winter Density, Winter Brown – still pretty small heads. This will continue to be the case – blame the weather.
Brassicas A few medium size Bok Choi, Cabbage still not ready (see weather complaint in numerous places in this post…)
Roots Carrots, a few Beets left. New planting has not happened yet. Yeah, weather.
Greens Mustard … Those of you who like this are frequently telling how much you like it. It is good… Still coming, with a few flowers.
Chard – Smaller leaf – will need to do more Chard planting, these are getting too mature.
Spinach – A few folks will get Spinach – not enough for everyone
Arugula – Lots of it available – trying to make sure the “lots of Arugula people” are getting, well, lots.
Vit – Nobody asks, so “farmer’s choice” is happening. Usually in a 1/2 pint till. Small, dark green leaf.
Herbs Mint, Oregano, Chives, Cilantro, Parsley, Mustard Flower…
Misc Asparagus is doing fine – baby new potato lottery is going on.

Coming: Cabbage, Snap Peas (currently, Peas are about a foot tall and still growing fast).

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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