Arctic Blast and Greenhouse Planting

After an April night with temps in the teens, I wanted to update you on the farm’s progress this “spring.” Actually, things were shaping up really nicely until this last weekend’s return to winter — thankfully it looks like we’ll turn the corner again early next week and pick up where we left off.

The strawberries went back under their row covers on Saturday, but you can see from the photos that they and the garlic were enjoying the mild weather right up until the arctic air blasted in. Both should survive just fine. The 6 or so inches of snow was a big help — kept them insulated against last night’s cold.

Even with the cold outside, the greenhouse is filling up. The wind was howling Sunday but with the sun shining though the plastic, I was down to a T-shirt while seeding flats (and keeping a wary eye on the ground anchors as it sometimes felt like the whole structure might lift up up up and away…).

But after a few warm hours with potting soil and seeds, the season got a start with kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, beets, leeks, scallions and onions all planted and oblivious to the cold outside. And we’ll hope the snow’s long gone when they come out to their garden beds in 4-6 weeks!

Enjoy the spring, and I’ll keep everyone updated!

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