I hope you have enjoyed this cool misty day. Perhaps this is the spring come back! It is welcome in the garden . Here is a brief account of our work in the garden and where some of the plants stand:
Thus far, we have sown in the garden snow and snap peas, carrots, beets, parsnips, radishes, sunflowers and mexican sunflowers, as well as phacelia, a blue flower much loved by the bees and also used as greenmanure.
We have transplanted outside several varieties of onions, leeks, beets, broccoli, cauliflowers, kohlrabis, red and green early cabbages, collards, lacinato and ruffles kale, tat soi, pac choi, swiss chards, parsley, several succession of lettuce, celeriac, cucumbers, summer and winter squas,snap dragons, bachelor's buttons, black eyed susans, cosmos, yarrow, coreopsis, love in a mist and larkspur. Philip Davis has his own bed of carving pumpkins that you can look forward to! There are more seedlings to transplant yet, including storage and kraut cabbages, more lettuce, broccoli, cauliflowers, cucumber, zucchinis, basil, canning and drying tomatoes as well as sweet corn this year.
In the greenhouse, the lettuce has been holding from bolting, but this week will see its last harvest as it wants to "go to seed". There will hopefully still be a steady supply of head lettuce. The greenhouse winter greens have now made place to the hot loving cucumbers, cantaloup, water melons, peppers, eggplants and different varieties of tomatoes.
The rye and vetch cover crop has reached an impressive five feet before collapsing from the thunderstorm. It makes the deep blue vetch reveal itself only the better. The lupines have reached their full glory this week, but you can still enjoy and pick some if you come by this week.
Three varieties of potatoes were planted in Swantek field again this year and will be neighboring a crop of storage carrot and beets to be sown around St-John's time.
In spite of our effort to trap them ( we have lured them with cantaloup, straberries, lettuce and swiss chard, but only a skunk and a oppossum have cared to taste!) with up to four 'have a heart' traps, the Ground hogs have thus far outsmarted us and have enjoyed some lettuce, swiss chard and peas. If anyone knows of any good trick to catch them, please let us know.
Yesterday, we unearthed some of the biodynamic preparations that were burried in the herb garden.
There is still a limited amount of asparagus that makes its way around the houses. This week, there is to be had :lettuce, radishes, pac choi, chives and rhubarb.
Please let us know how many heads of lettuce and pac choi you would like as well as whether or not you would like some rhubarb and radishes.
We hope you enjoy these fruits of the earth.
Etienne, on behalf of Ezra, Tristin, Robert, Ryan, Alex, Pierre, Adrienne, Arielle, William, Jessica, Sarah, Zach, Seong Gu, Tim and a few others