Here we are, May 1st. I thought you might appreciate an update as our weather has obviously gone completely haywire. You might be wondering how on earth a farmer could be on track to deliver a vegetable share in a mere 31 days. I guess we’ll see.
In a year like this, the high tunnel is extreme season extension. At this point, the ground is thawed inside, possibly not as deep as last year, but deep enough. I have veggies started inside the house which will be transplanted very soon. These include spinach, mache, bok choy, and even salad turnips. Given the forecast, I might even start some mustard greens and radishes inside as well. Because I use soil blocks, transplanting these sorts of veggies will hopefully work. The idea is to get them to germinate inside where their soil blocks are considerably warmer than the high tunnel’s ground. And so, there will be something learned, either way.
The other experiment I have going is unusually trendy for me, called microgreens. These are baby plants, grown only until they have 1 set of true leaves at the most. Think overgrown sprouts. In my case, I am growing them in a starting soil mixture (as opposed to hydroponic). This photo was taken today, day four after seeding. As this is new to me, I’m running a few trials. Timing is especially tricky as I have very particular harvest dates in mind. Pictured from left to right is Greek Cress, Broccoli Raab, Arugula, and Mizuna. There is also a Ruby Chard which is slower to germinate. I’m especially eager for that one as I absolutely love red leaves. I mentioned this is trendy, and touted as very popular with chefs. But I figure, it is fresh, local, highly nutritious, compact, and gorgeous. So here we go.
It is entirely possible we may have some lean shares in June. I can’t say at this point. I can say I am extremely anxious, not because I fear delivering enough food, but because this delay in spring compresses an absolutely insane amount of work into a very tight window.
That’s it for now. Off to chip more frozen compost off the ole block,