"The seed has no idea of being some particular plant, but it has its own form and is in perfect harmony with the ground, with its surroundings ... and there is no trouble. This is what we mean by naturalness." ~ Shrunyu Suzuki
We ordered our first round of seeds today!
Last week I built the crop succession order for the year ahead. In the fantasy work that is garden planning, I have the spring built out week-by-week, day-by-day for the next 5 months. I am sure God in all his glory has other plans…but we have to start somewhere, right?
The picture at the header of this blog is of my basement grow area. It was taken this morning. What are you looking at? The miracle that is seed. Most of the trays are microgreens and shoots for winter eggs and greens share members: kale, spicy mix, basil, sunflower shoots, pea tendril.
There’s also the first of the tomato starts. I’m testing the remainder seeds from last year. They survived remarkably well! We plant our first succession of tomatoes mid-April under UV plastic and covered in agribond. Then, successions every 2 weeks through early June.
You’ll also see onion starts, broccoli, and cabbage seedlings. I’m going to try a test planting of broccoli and cabbage around Groundhogs Day. I’m going to seed mache later this week under one of the caterpillar tunnels as the temperatures rise above freezing for an extended period of time. We’ll see…
On the top shelves, you’ll see a hint of ginger. I bought the rhizomes last spring. They were so thoroughly disgusted at the thought of being born in Hawaii and raised in West Virginia that they refused to grow, so I’m nursing them through the winter and will coax them along again this year. They can’t get below 50 degrees, so May nights in the region can be a real challenge for ginger growers. I’m glad to have enough alive to try again, and try I will!
Finally, there are pots of herbs – a trial of Johnny’s herb discs. I like them, so I bought more! We’ll have them for sale at the Open House in April and the Boonsboro Greenfest in May.
The winter eggs and greens share is in the middle of a 2 week pause. When we resume on January 17th it appears shares will contain eggs, microgreens, sunflower shoots, baby collards.
The Spring 10-week share will begin at the Spring Open House for those who can make it for pickup, and the first week of May for everyone else. We have committed to 20 shares in 2017 and the program is half full, meaning we have 10 spaces remaining. Email me for more information.
We'll be offering a ferment option to our shares. I am just beginning to flesh out those details. That will be a new blog post in the near future.
We are building our 2017 calendar of events. The best place to keep up with our offerings is in our Facebook Group, click the link and request to join. In addition to the full event calendar, you’ll find recipes and preservation techniques for our produce. Please join us there! It’s so much more functional for members and admins than the fan page.
Our creative director, Bob, has been working hard in his studio. He’s created 2 more poster designs and has 2 more are in process. He’s also working on applying designs to T-shirts and mugs. We can’t wait to share all this with you!
Looking forward to growing with you this year!