Hi all, Alli here.
Whoa. I don’t know about all of you, but I’m not sure where April went! Somehow, May is already here, and spring has definitely arrived. At least if May goes by as quickly as April seemed to, then you will be picking up your veggies before you know it!
A lot has changed on the farm since our last blog post. Then, Alison and I were still waiting for the soil (and the frosty nights) to warm up so that we could get some plants out into the field. We were spending most of our time in the greenhouse and out spreading compost on the fields to ready them for planting.
We were prepping our kale, chard, onion, and lettuce transplants for this by hardening them off. This means we had taken them out of their warm home in the greenhouse to get used to the cooler temperatures outside before planting. But, of course, a little bit of snow decided to fall one night in mid-April, meaning they all had to be moved back inside our hoophouse. Jay, the farm owner, even woke up in the middle of the night to put a space heater in there to provide more protection from the cold (thanks Jay!). While planting had to be delayed just a few days more, I am now happy to report that those crops are all in the ground, along with some others that went in right on schedule, and everything is growing like crazy!
In addition to everything we’ve transplanted, we’ve also direct-seeded many crops right into the fields. Veggies like peas, carrots, spinach, broccoli raab, beets, and turnips either don’t like to or don’t need to be transplanted, which makes them a lot less labor intensive to plant. While they will require some thinning in a few weeks to give each plant enough space, for now we can just put the seeds in the ground and enjoy watching them grow.
The past month has been overcast and rainy enough that we haven’t had to worry much about watering yet. Instead, the task that we’ve been consumed with is ‘row covering.’
All the white that you see in the picture above is row cover, a lightweight fabric that not only provides a bit of extra warmth for the plants, but also helps to protect them from pests. I hope all that row covering pays off with some good-lookin’, tasty veggies for all of you!
We’re gearing up for some exciting times next week. The last frost date is almost here! While we can never know exactly what the weather will do, we’ll soon be able to transplant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and other warm-weather loving crops (which are getting huge in the greenhouse and hoophouse!). Also, Jay’s annual seedling sale is coming up! If you are planning to have a garden of your own or want to give the gift of plants to someone you know, Jay’s seedling sale is not to be missed. He has put so much care into all of these plants, and he has some amazing varieties for you to choose from! Stop by Four Winds Farm on Friday, May 16th, from 1 to 5 pm or Saturday, May 17th, from 9 am to 4 pm.
We are soooo close to being full for the season. If you haven’t yet, now’s the time to sign up. Distributions start in just 3.5 weeks!
Enjoy this lovely spring everyone!