2018 Week 15, Winter CSA Pickup 10 of 13
Happy snow-day, all,
Although we have had a chilly spring -- and this will show in a later Summer CSA cropping -- I'll foolishly go on the record with a, "Well, it looks we're about out of the woods, and into warmer weather," luck-testing challenge to the farm gods. Because it just feels like it's time for things to grow. :)
The milky oats, radishes, turnips, snap peas, and spring spinach all germinated, though I am waiting a bit to see their rate. The carrots and beets are hanging out, but should germinate shortly with this good soil moisture and some warmer spring weather. The transplanted lettuce and onions look great, though the brassica -- kohlrabi, cabbage, kale, broccoli -- suffered some major, and historically anomalous, transplant shock. I did an immediate re-seeding, and have spent much time contemplating and researching the reason for their demise: my current best guess is wind, which we have had a lot of lately -- gusts up to 40mph, and steady 15-20mph blows. The beets, lettuce, and onions did not seem to mind, so it may be a particular interaction in this plant family. I'm on it. :)
On the perennial front, the moved rhubarb looks great, the asparagus is starting to pop, and each raspberry variety, in its own time, is leafing out. How exciting. The strawberries look better every time I look, which makes me think a simple row cover over the winter spinach -- sans hoops -- will be all we need next winter -- warmth, protection from dessication, and no great snowfall to keep us from uncovering it for harvest.
Also note that we are entering the mythological 'Hunger Gap,' that time of year when the storage crops wane and the fruits of summer are still just seeds. I have learned a lot here this first winter, and feel like next winter will be pretty awesome -- with respect to mass quantities of greens and prettier carrots -- but am glad we have strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus, and the dry beans to help us through this spring.
I have tentatively penciled-in a Sunday, May 13th, 2pm, Farm Tour and CSA run-through for all new and returning members, and perhaps the public as well. Let me know if I've chosen a bad day.
See you on the farm,
- Carolina Crowder
- Kenearly Yellow Eye
- Midnight Black Turtle
- Quincy Pinto
Popcorn - Cherokee Long
- Long Island Cheese
Burdock / Gobo
Thai Sweet Basil / Horapa
Tulsi / Holy Basil