With two months until our first delivery, we are gearing up for field planting soon–although we have been busy in the greenhouse getting transplants ready since early February, the CSA crew is ready to get their hands dirty (with real soil and not potting media!). Crops planned for planting in April include: onions, herbs, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, beets, carrots, spinach, salad mix, radishes, turnips, arugula, kale, collards, chard, kohlrabi, and more. We are also getting many summer crops started for planting in May: including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beans, corn and just about anything else you can think of.
Spreading compost, marking field corners, greasing equipment, buying supplies, creating field plans, and marketing are just a few of the many tasks that keep us busy during the winter. But, what we really want is to put a plant in the ground and feel the warm spring sunshine on our faces. Come on spring, we are ready.
This is a brand new chisel plow that the farm bought over the winter. We used it early last week on the fields with winter-killed oat residue to break-up the surface of the soil and hopefully speed-up soil drying. If the soil is too wet, we can’t plant.
This field is winter wheat, another type of cover crop that does not die over the winter. It is both greener and taller than it was a couple of weeks ago–a sure sign that the warmer temperatures are encouraging the start of planting-season.