Spring has sprung!!! Have you noticed the elm trees are flowering adding a rosy hue to the horizon? Buds are swelling and certain herbaceous plants and grasses are greening up. What does this mean? It means that we are in the thick of the busiest time of year at 47 Daisies. Seed potatoes are sitting in the farm room waiting to be planted (hopefully Saturday). Strawberry plants are on their way as I write this!! They will be planted in the high tunnel (hopefully Saturday). We are also busy, busy, busy starting seed in the greenhouse.....warm weather transplants are starting to make their way into the greenhouse along side the cool weather plants that are doing well. In addition we are getting ready to do our first sowings of the year in the outside beds.........cool weather greens will get sown (hopefully Saturday) under low tunnels. Low tunnels are a new addition this year and will greatly expand our ability to get spring crops earlier and overwinter fall crops. Should be an exciting year!!!
Hurricane Isaac swept through 47 Daisies in September of this year. We didn't suffer much damage (could have been A LOT worse) but it did damage the front hoophouse beyond repair. So the iconic image of the front fields came down yesterday evening........We have used the hoophouse for many things during its residency at 47 Daisies. We have used it to start seeds, we used it as a coldframe for plants getting ready to be transplanted and we have used it for dormant season growing of greens. It was a sad day and we hated to see it go, but it had become an eyesore and a danger.......so down it came.
Seed starting is well under way!! We got a bit of a late start because of the
actual construction of the greenhouse, but with that behind us seeds are being
planted!! So far the germinants doing well include.....shallots, broccoli,
cabbage, swiss chard, kale, kohlrabi, chinese cabbage, collards, cauliflower,
lettuce, pac choi, celery, radicchio and fennel!! We are also trying some cool
new things this year......ginger will be planted in the high tunnel along with
the strawberries, citrus and bananas!! Warm weather transplants won't be far
behind.....especially with the updated forecast for the next three months from
the weather channel. Apparently once we hit March, temperatures will be well
above average.......better get growing!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )