Monday, December 30, 2013

Farm School Winter Series Week One


It may be the end of the calendar year, but
we're beginning our final season in our year-long
Farm School Series.
It's been a year of growth for the garden,
as well as for my spirit.
What an unexpected and welcome gift.

This weekend had us hard pressed to find any sunshine.
A light drizzle fell sporadically as we went about our work.



After being unable to contribute to the garden last week because of my back,
it felt good to be back out there enjoying 
Mother Nature at Her finest.


The salad is ready to be transplanted.



With a fabulous germination rate,
these leeks are well on their way.


These beauties will be ready for harvest in a matter of weeks.


The cucumbers are making progress.
I know, cucumbers in December?
So far, so good!


The farm is loaded with peas.
This is the most successful crop of peas that Lynn has grown to date.
It's a thrill to enjoy them in my daily salads once again.



The brussels sprouts and peas got a good soaking.




Radishes are a 3-week crop.
It's amazing to me that nutritious, delicious food can be grown in such a short time.




The beets will be ready for eating soon.
My roasting pan is all ready!



 The Swiss chard adds some holiday color to the garden.




Along with the tomatoes that we've been recently enjoying.


They've been used for suppertime slicing, making homemade gravy and more recently,
in some tomato soup worthy of the Soup Nazi.




Here are the scallions a week ago.


they are reaching for the sky.
If you remember, these onion sets were planted
seven inches under the soil.
What an amazing amount of energy to get this far so quickly.




 One lone eggplant was ready for me to take home.



We mixed up some of Lynn's luscious loam. 
We originally showed how this was done here.



The peat that's used in the mixture comes in blocks,


which gets screened in this homemade contraption.
It's one of my favorite jobs.


Ready for planting!


Today we transplanted about 50 Red Salad Bowl lettuce plants.
All the sooner to land on my table.



Winter is a time for the garden to really 
strut its stuff.
We are able to enjoy gardening 
almost year-round.
Looking forward to the new year
and everything there is still to learn.
Blessings be...

Check out the humble beginnings of Farm School here.
Subsequent seasons can be found under our header.
Enjoy!