The past few days have been really great here in our part of the valley. We almost hit 50 degrees ABOVE zero yesterday, and there are snow-less patches everywhere. This weather has got us pretty excited to get planting. There aren’t too many things that can be seeded indoors this early, but I do have some herbs, cabbage and broccoli going in our seed cabinet.
I also have a garden plan for the season, and I thought this would be a great time to share what we plan to grow this season, and what you can expect at the market booth and in CSA boxes in a few months.
Green beans – 2 varieties
Dry edible beans – at least 1 variety, up to 3
Beets – 3 varieties, red and golden
Broccoli – 1 or more
Cabbage -2, one early season and one that is good for storage overwinter
Carrots -lots, including one purple variety
Cucumbers -at least 1 variety
Corn – at least 2 including a bi-color
Herbs -many, including: basil, borage, cilantro, parsley, mint, lemon balm, oregano, chives, thyme, edible flowers and others
Lettuce -3 or more
Kale – 2 varieties
Onions -several, bunching and bulb type
Peas -at least 2, shelling peas and snow peas
Peppers -several, sweet bells of many colors (including purple), hot peppers and mini-lunchbox peppers
Pumpkins -at least 1, though I might go overboard again this year
Radish -at least 2
Shallots -1 variety
Spinach -at least 1
Summer Squash -3, yellow, green (zucchini) and a scallop variety
Swiss Chard -1 variety
Tomatoes -many, I can go really crazy in this area! Yellow, red, green, black, cherry and possible others
Watermelon -1 variety
Winter Squash -at least 2, butternut, spaghetti and possibly one other
Expect a wide variety of tomatoes, peppers and winter squash. These are the veggies that get me excited, there are so many beautiful varieties that I find it hard to choose just a few! If there is something you’d like us to add, let us know sooner rather than later. We’ll do our best to incorporate your favorites, as long as you promise to purchase them when the time comes!
Finally, on the 5th of May, I did our first real planting of the year!
On Sunday, I made my first trip to Helen’s Country Greenhouse just outside of Minto to pick up some cole crops that I didn’t raise from seed: broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Kale is another in the same family that we have started in our seed cabinet. It sure feels good to have some ground planted!
For those of you who don’t know, Dave and I like to push the seasons! We have tomato seedlings that could go into the ground right now, if only our garden space wasn’t still so wet. I had marked on the farm calendar to have peas, spinach, radish, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots in the ground about 3 weeks ago. Our garden still had snow piles 3 weeks ago. Needless to say we’ve been chomping at the bit this year and these photos make me feel a bit better about the season!