Green Season Week 1

Green Season kicks off this Friday with delivery and Saturday for farm call – members have been sent a version of this post in their email. If you expected to be in the green season and did NOT get an email – well, there is a problem and you should speak up!

Green season rather naturally is a lot like the last week of Winter season. Boxes are nice and full, there is good stuff coming. Although there is a Bok Choi in the picture below and the next Bok Choi has a single pair of leaves and is 1/8″ tall right now.

Ignore that Bok Choi… otherwise it is the same.

Those of you continuing from Winter’s actually pretty successful season will recognize what is in the box this week. The only real change is that there are a couple of you who will be in the full share boxes. It is to be hoped you like greens, because you will get a lot of greens in those full share boxes.

Really big Mustard

Meanwhile, the rather wonderful tendency to be done freezing and move forwards into a more traditional garden season are very exciting for those of us who are trying to actually GROW things. The main garden beds are started for a few early crops, but the green season is sorta a transitional time. Seedlings that are set out need to be both hardened off (a brief trip into the great outdoors) and then will need to basically get their roots over the shock of lot so toe room. The first two trays of lettuce set out really hated that, it was too soon and too cold and besides there were these nasty vermin… well, that is how it is supposed that the seedlings reacted, because they are really in sad shape.

Seedlings learning all about being outdoors

This week starts the bed planting of things like Potatoes – those seedlings need a few more days. The long term forecast encourages holding off on setting them out for probably another 5-10 days. Meanwhile, more seeds are going into propagation trays. If the forecast continues as expected, warm season crops will be started at the beginning of May. The peppers, eggplant and things like cucumbers and melons really detest April. May, they are okay with may. Oh – and the outside seeded Beets are just showing a few hardy sprouts!

Hope you like Potatoes…

Seed Potatoes enough for the Army.

And here is what is available:

Lettuce Red Iceberg (almost gone) Winter density (nice green) and Cegolaine – the first week for that.
Brassicas Cabbage is SO CLOSE… just not yet. Some small leaf (overwintered) Kale, bigger leaf (new) Kale is sorta coming along, wanting more sun.
Roots  last of the Radishes. New stuff is probably not going to be ready till June. There are about 3 lost Parsnips that will be in the new to the CSA boxes as a welcome present.
Greens  Arugula, Wasabi mustard, quite a bit of good looking Spinach.
Herbs Chives are great; Celery leaves are small but available (ask, in case it gets forgotten). Everything else is just thinking about being available.
Misc  …TBD when it happens… Watch this space…

There are a LOT of beds to be planted, and  LOT of trays to be set out.

This week’s FarmCraft (these are for sale, if you are interested):

Geraniums! In fact, two are going out this week. $10 in a nursery pot, $60 in a Fancy Cedar Pot. Or just buy the pot. Make us happy.

A “Martha Washington” Geranium in a Cedar pot

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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