Monday, March 10, 2014

Farm School Winter Series Week Nine

Winter is fading away here at
Farm School.
There is plenty to keep us busy in the garden.

The tomatoes we caged last weekend
are thriving.

The last three leeks are awaiting harvest.
Lynn and Faye sold out at the farmer's market.

Fortunately, there are more ready to be transplanted.

Beets as far as the eye can see.

Look at how vibrant this Red Salad Bowl lettuce looks.

This Annapolis red romaine is tender
and adds a pop of color to a salad bowl.
I sampled this and enjoyed every bite.

The New Zealand spinach is not bouncing back as expected.
This crop was planted last May,
so it has given its all.

What can be harvested will fill someone's produce basket,
and new seed will be started.

Banana peppers are being enjoyed weekly.

The scallions are bursting from the pots.
Lynn is pondering how best to harvest them.

The newer plantings are making swift progress.
Another batch will be sown in a few weeks
so that the goodies just keep on comin'!

Celebrity tomatoes are goin' to town!
Tomato town, that is.
Lots of fruit could be spied.

Today we transplanted these Sweet Million tomatoes.

Even though these have gotten long and lanky,
they will morph into strong, healthy producers.

We used the coring method to transplant these babies.
The deep hole ensures support for the plant,
so it can concentrate on making fruit.

Eggplant is showing signs of delivering something good to eat soon.

We also transplanted quite a few pepper plants.

We are blessed to be able to grow all winter long.
With the garden fully loaded,
there are always tasks to keep our hands busy.
It's an enjoyable and very rewarding endeavor.
Here's hoping that today finds you 
enjoying all that life brings.
Spring is just around the corner!

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  1. Daisy, it's always such a joy to hear about the farm and the activities that are currently happening there. Unlike here in Nebraska, there doesn't seem to be a down hibernation time of the year. I was out in the garden yesterday hoping to see some thawing but I guess one 60 degree day does not thaw out the soil from the extremely cold winter we have had. I'm pretty sure that it will take the rest of the month to warm the soil enough to get the cold weather crops planted. Then if the Farmer's Almanac forecast is true, April will be a wet and chilly month so planting may be delayed again. I kind of wish I had more seedling space. April first will be when the warm weather plants need to be started and I'm not sure the cold weather stuff will be out in the garden just yet. Gardening in Nebraska is all about timing. With the unpredictable weather patterns that are happening, it's difficult to judge when the right time is to start plants.

    The local nurseries are no help because they play on the excitement of spring and have their plants ready for purchase way too early. The choices are buy way too early and try to keep them healthy until planting time or get the dregs of the plants when it's time to plant. Therefore, I struggle through the seed starting with hopes that I picked the right times for planting. And of course, I live through your farm posts during the hibernation months. ;-)

    Have a great day on the farm.

  2. I just love that second photo - seeing so much bounty all lined up. Yesterday I was feeling like our planting time was coming but today, with more snow, not so much. :) Love seeing all your photos.

    1. Aw, shucks. I hope you get to plant soon. It must be so hard waiting.


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