Update from the Gardens – April 13, 2014

Our week of spring weather was a perfect chance to get some spring crops into the ground. Three beds of peas, two of carrots, parsnips and rutabagas for the fall, a bed of spinach, salad turnips, radishes, raised beds of arugula, mixed Asian greens, mizuna, and leaf lettuce. And three colors of beets. All of these are frost tolerant and will hold well in their subterranean plantings. . .while they wait for the “next spring”.

The middle bed of the large hoop house is loaded with the cruciferous seedlings – broccoli, cabbages, kale, kohlrabi, and Brussels sprouts. Onions and leeks are growing in large bins. 400 pounds of potatoes including new ones with red and blue flesh will soon be cut for “seeds”.

The basement grow lights are full of peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, basils and the beet seedlings. These are the tropicals and are preparing themselves for the hot summer weather. This year we should have 75 Roma or sauce tomatoes in addition to the reds, the cherries, and the heirlooms. Each tray has 50 plants that wait to be potted up in the hoop house when the weather stabilizes. It will happen!

Meanwhile, the “barn-to-machine shed”-project looks great. The concrete floor should go in this summer and we can now get 3 tractors into the shed.