Given the weather the past week, you wouldn't think the farm would be as busy as it is...but, it definitely is! Despite the occasional cool day, it is warming up significantly. Since the ten day forecast doesn't predict a single frost, we thought it would be an excellent chance to get the spring garden planted.
The first thing we have to do is harden off our transplants that have been growing in the warmth of our greenhouse. They will spend their first couple of days outside soaking up the sun, and coming back indoors at night. In three or four days, we will let them spend day and night outdoors. This will allow them to take a gradual transition into the elements, so that they won't be shocked by the hot sun, and frigid winds.
Our hopes are that we will be able to get the entire spring garden planted by Wednesday. That means we still have to disc, level, and till the garden beforehand. Thankfully, we had some dry weather a few weeks ago that allowed us the opportunity to plow the garden. Once it is plowed it dries out much quicker since chunks of earth are now raised above the ground, and exposed to more of the drying winds. These winds, coupled with the 70 degree days this week, should allow us to stay on schedule for a Wednesday planting.
Calling it a spring garden is a misnomer, as it gives most people the impression that there will be things to harvest as spring begins. It is actually planted in early spring and harvested at the end of spring (mid May-Mid June). I think the confusion happens because most people consider spring to be Mar-May, when it is actually March 23rd-June 21st. By now, you are probably wondering what goes in the spring garden. In addition to the cabbage and broccoli pictured above, it also contains: Cauliflower, green onions, carrots, beets, peas, radishes, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, potatoes, fennel, kale, leeks, collards, and pak choy.
My hopes are that by the next blog post, we will have planted everything for spring, and I will be able to share rough dates of when we should begin our CSA program. Pretty much everything about our program relies on nature cooperating with us, so nothing is ever certain until it is done! Right now we are shooting for the program beginning around mid May, but check back later this week for a more accurate date.
Until next week...