Week 6 of the winter season

Here’s a haiku for this week…

Greenhouse bounty,
Crisp leaves and spicy radish,
Winter’s gift in green.

Obviously the farm has a new toy/tool for these weekly updates. There is a fascination with poetry going on – probably too much time in the dirt. That said, the haiku is right. Week 6 (two weeks more past this week) is all about what comes out of the greenhouse as usual. The Red Iceberg is peaking at max size right now, and the Radishes as well. So, the guidance to the chatGPT tool mentioned all that.

Now that’s some fine looking Red Iceberg!

The giant white radishes are called ‘Minowase.” Last year folks mentioned that they were vaguely horse-radish tasting – it would be interesting to have feedback from you on if they are good. One of you is using the radish greens as a part of salads, so well, there you go. This week you may have a few smaller leaves of Wasabi Mustard if you so choose – it is getting some nice growth with the sunny days.

Wasabi! Yep, that’s Wasabi Mustard right there!

And, of course, the Bok Choi is also in great shape. The sad news is those really great tasting sweet carrots… well, they are gone. There may be a few Parsnips, one or two, but whatever is there this week will definitely put and end to them for the winter. New seeding is starting – but those new seeds take a really long time to get to production – 90 days for parsnips, 55-70 days for carrots. Radishes – there are radishes. Now, what is up and coming is the Cabbage. So far it is escaping various rodents, birds, slugs and other pestilence. The Kale is set outside with the broccoli and cauliflower, but those will take a few weeks to be ready – well, the Kale will be ready in a few weeks. The broccoli and cauliflower are more than that.

Cabbage trying to form heads. Yay for Cabbage!

As you can see, the cabbage has the idea of forming a head… This variety is nominally a 55 day type, small heads (3-5″) and will be here in the green season.

Itty-bitty Tomatoes of various types…

Seed starting is going on now – seeded beets today (3/22) and more to come after that. Tomatoes are all up now (well, except two of the plants have not shown out of the rest). In the next few days the covers in the greenhouse will be raised for the warmer season – those lights are already disconnected. Potatoes, onions, turnips all get started soon – and lots more flowers. 5 trays of Zinnias, 4 trays of Statice, a couple of trays of Marigolds… and the 8 week seedlings are sitting in the greenhouse waiting for the last frost to pass off. The weather report includes a skiff of snow and some light (30-ish) freezes yet, so…

And that takes us to what you can get this week:

Lettuce Red Iceberg needs to go out – although winter density is looking great. The Cegolaine is progressing, but not ready after the great quail raid.  You might want two lettuces instead of a lettuce and a Bok Choi – life is full of decisions.
Brassicas Bok Choi. Kale is one or two weeks out –  Cabbage is still TBD – 3-4 weeks?
Roots  Salad (Japanese small white) Turnips, three different types of radishes – there might be a Parsnip or two, Carrots are finished for now.
Greens A far amount of Arugula, Wasabi mustard is 5-6″ which is enough to give a leaf or two, or wait for bigger.
Herbs Chives are great; Celery leaves are small but available. Cilantro is trying to figure out life in the great outdoors…
Misc  … that seems to be it for now….

Had a great set of days this week so far – partially sunny days are excellent for Spring gardening. Lots of beets seeded…

Here is some new FarmCraft:

Great cards, north facing bunny coasters…

The cards are really cool – the coasters are really cute. Let us know if you want to order cards… Or bunny tails!

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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