Spring has Sprung!

Red Beet seedlings
Red Beet seedlings
Lush cover crop of winter rye coming out of dormancy
Lush cover crop of winter rye coming out of dormancy

Around the end of February our so-called off season came to an end and we have been bustling here on the farm ever since. Some of the many things we have accomplished during this time include: seeding, potting up and then transplanting into the field 10,000 onions, building a germination chamber to help germinate our seeds, constructing greenhouse tables, tending to over 10 varieties of herbs for our potted herb sales, prepping fields for planting, and so much more! Starting in April we need to be planting at least once a week to keep up pace. We had a wet April and it has set us back a bit!

What 3 inches of rain in 24 hours looks like
What 3 inches of rain in 24 hours looks like

Racing against the setting sun to get potatoes planted
Racing against the setting sun to get potatoes planted

We’ve got 2 of the 3 major spring plantings done: onions and potatoes are in the ground, while we wait for our next opportunity to plant brassicas (kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc). There are TONS of other things to plant as well, but lots of crops get planted every 3 weeks or so. So we lost our first round of salad mix, head lettuce and flowers to the wet April, but we don’t sweat it too much, because we know the next planting will be ready right around the corner. Missing these types of plantings just means we lose that crop for 3 weeks. Onions and potatoes, on the other hand, only get planted once. They are also the first crops to get planted becasue they need lots of time to fully develop.
Mechanical transplanter set up for onions
Mechanical transplanter set up for onions
Onions coming off the transplanter--upright and covered!
Onions coming off the transplanter–upright and covered!

As soon as we breathed a sigh of relief for getting the potatoes and onions in, we saw that the brassicas had doubled in size overnight and are now ready to get planted! Like the onions and potatoes, we only have the one spring planting, so planting them is the next priority. The rest of this week’s forecast looks clear so we are hopeful to stay on track with the next round(s) of planting(s)!

Cabbage is ready to be planted!
Cabbage is ready to be planted!
Mustard Greens ready for the field
Mustard Greens ready for the field

We are looking forward to the start of our CSA and 2nd Street Market stand and are hopeful for a bountiful 2015 season!

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