Spring showers

I’m inside during the April rain (which is much appreciated by our onion and garlic). The main field is full of tiny plants, growing bigger every day, protected by white row covers that flap when the north winds pick up. We took our first spring crop of arugula to the Windsor Green Grocer last weekend; it had become stressed in the greenouse and started to put our flower buds only weeks after we transplanted it. So we said “Off with your ‘ead!” and cut the plants all back to the ground. Fortunately, the Green Grocer is always eager to take arugula off our hands, so it went to a good home. And with any luck, we’ll have another nice crop coming back from the same plants in a few weeks. Also coming along nicely is the spinach, head lettuce, kale, chard, beets, and broccoli… carrots and salad mix just sprouting. We continue to fight the tomato seedling battle in our plastic hoop house, coaxing the tempermental little things to life.

We started some flats of herbs a few days ago. From my experience, the most impossible herb to start from seed is oregano. The seeds are so small that there is a second packet inside the normal seed packet (to keep them from falling through the seams)! Instead of covering the seeds you simply press them into the moistened soil. We’ll cross out fingers and hope for sprouts!

In other news, our seed potatoes are on their way. They’re begin shipped from the east, so couldn’t come until the danger of deep frost has passed. We’ll be planting Red Norland, All Blue, Russian Banana Fingerling, and Yukon Gold. Red, white, and blue…maybe after harvest we can arrange them for an aerial photo of the stars and stripes.

Until next time,

Emmett

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