In your share this week:
- Big bag of Salad Mix
- Chinese Cabbage
The salad was really great this week, and we have an abundant crop because the first and second plantings are both ready at about the same time (not on purpose, of course). I've been eating it like chips, straight out of the bag as a snack. Such lovely salad.
The Chinese cabbage in this week's share was one of the first crops Shain started from seed. It was one of those "I hope this doesn't freeze" early season crops. These seedlings did fine because we planted them in our warmest greenhouse (aka "the big tomato greenhouse"). They were planted down a row with some tomato plants, the idea being we would sneak these in and they'd grow big enough to harvest before the tomato plants take over the space. I'd say the plan worked well because it was a good use of warm greenhouse space, the only downside being that it is actually getting too hot in this greenhouse now and the plants started to bolt before they grew to their full potential. Consequently, we harvested them small and gave a few in each CSA share this week. There are more planted in another greenhouse that should grow much bigger!
I cut all of the arugula for this week's share, both our first and second plantings. As I mentioned last week, a few of our first crops really struggled and still aren't growing as we'd like. The arugula has a lot of bad sections and many dead or heavily damaged leaves. We sorted all that out, washed it up nice, and then divided it among the CSA members. A nice treat indeed. We'll have to see how it grows back to know if there will be anymore this season.I took a few recent pictures of the garlic. It is planted in one of our back fields and looks great.
Our big accomplishments of the last week was getting the potatoes, zucchini and squash planted. The potato planting is a BIG job and it went smoothly thanks to our wonderful farm workshares. The zucchini and squash have been ready to transplant for some time now, but we've been waiting until the threat of freezing temperatures passed. We can all thank Shain for being so cautious because one of the conversations I heard at church a few days ago was how everyone's zucchini and squash plants had died. Well, we are still good! We will be covering them each night to make sure they grow into nice big healthy plants.
Have a great week and enjoy your veggies!