Monday, January 13, 2014

Farm School Winter Series Week Three

We had another gorgeous Sunday to work outside.

Despite the fluctuations in the temperatures this week,
the garden is going strong.

There are plenty of choices to fill your goodie basket.

One of the first crops I wanted to check on was the scallions recently planted.
They are lookin' good and don't seem to have been affected by the whims of weather.

The leeks are that much closer to harvest time.
Lynn likes them to be a certain width before they are ready for market.

Peaville is in various stages.
This patch has shown huge growth and displays good color,
but for some reason it is not blossoming.
We'll have to wait and see how it turns out.
Fortunately, there are other patches with plenty of blooms and fruit.

Some of the crop shows wind damage,
although it doesn't seem to keep it from producing.


When the main head of broccoli is harvested,
it sprouts these tender side shoots.

This is one plant that keeps on giving.

This is one of the new broccoli seedlings from last weekend's sowing.

Lynn enjoyed his first kohlrabi this past week.

The dill we seeded along the fenceline last month seems to be quite content in its spot.

 Doesn't this New Zealand spinach look fresh?
It lasts a good long time in the fridge after harvesting.

Lynn has these "hot pots" stationed next to the Roma tomatoes
in case of freezing temperatures.
They are filled with diesel fuel and are cleaner burning than "smudge pots",
which sometimes utilize used motor oil.

The arugula and cilantro were moved so that we could make room for today's project.

With much of the Romaine lettuce beginning to bolt,
we wanted to get as many transplants completed as possible.

We transplanted both Romaine and Buttercrunch varieties.

tools of the trade

This lil' guy is gonna be so much happier with ample room to grow.

Overall, we transplanted over 80 seedlings today.

Here's something I've been waiting for.
It's fantastic watching the crops go from seeds no bigger than the size of a pinhead,
to fully grown and ready for harvest.
The waiting is what's difficult, knowing how luscious and sweet they will be.

After pestering Lynn for the last few weeks,
I finally got to take some of these bulbous beauties home.
 They are actually the first beets harvested this season.



It's a wild and wooly time, folks!

Feeling so blessed to be part of something bigger than myself.

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