Saturday, January 16, 2010

Farm in Winter

Just beyond a basket of the last of the tomatoes, a water-lily coated pond retains a bit of warmth in the green house. Very cold temperatures and short days have made for difficult growing conditions.

Lettuce, spinach, and arugula thrive under these conditions and produce tender greens. Last week's spinach was the best I have ever tasted -- I don't know if it was the growing conditions, or the variety of spinach, but it was yummy just eaten raw and plain.

Not sure what this green stuff is, but it will no doubt be in my CSA share in a couple of weeks.

Logan and Curtis are mixing potting soil which will be formed into little mounds for starting seeds. I had the job of planting the seeds. Some of them are very small and difficult for these clumsy hands to pick up -- only one seed to each little mound as germination rates are excellent and it is nuisance to have to thin them. I started lettuce, chard, and some flowers which are used to attract ladybugs. Logan built a raised bed, filled it with soil and planted garlic, chard, and some mystery green stuff. Fellow CSA member, Nicole Harrell worked with us today, but I didn't get a good picture of her forming the planting mounds with a special tool. It's hard work!

Ben wasn't with us today -- he was at an all day practice session for his winter drum line.

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