Spring is Sooner Than You Think (yay!)

I can’t tell you how happy that headline makes us.  We’re just tired of the cold.

I’ve been filling my days with, among other things, doing inventory, ordering supplies and getting seeds started.  Yes, the seedlings are being started already.  We get a nice jump on the season with the little plants (some started by us, some with the help of suppliers) so they are large enough to move to the greenhouse by the first week in March and start transplanting.  By then the temperatures should be high enough that the wood-burning stove will be sufficient to keep the young plants from being damaged during cold nights (look for an update on the greenhouse in the next few posts).

So what’s already in store for spring?  The usual veggies have been started: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, specialty lettuces, peppers, tomatoes and lots of herbs – basil, oregano, thyme, cilantro, parsley, rosemary and stevia.  Many of these plants will end up being sold in packs, pots or planters at our market stands for you all to put in your gardens or on your patios.  The remainder go into our fields.  Much of what we plant on the farm is grown straight from seed in the ground, but we still start some in 4-packs to sell to our customers, like cucumbers and squashes.  This year I’ll try some kale in packs, too, since that was a highly requested item last year for folks to transplant into their gardens.  We’ll also be offering some of our strawberry plants for sale this year…yum, yum!

One of 2014's trays of portulaca (moss rose).

One of 2014’s planters of portulaca (moss rose).

For flowers we’ve got celosia, marigolds, portulaca, Gerbera daisies, and Marguerite daisies, plus coleus and Wandering Jew for foliage.  We’ll sell these in 4-packs, pots and decorative planters.  We’re also adding to our hanging basket and planter selection this year with some new color combinations of calibrachoa, lobelia, verbena and petunias, and a mix of shade-loving impatiens for those of you who don’t have a good sunny spot on your porch but want some color!

We’re up in the air on the perennials for this year.  They were quite a bit of work last season, so we’ll see how the beginning of the season goes to make that determination.  Let us know if there is something specific you’re looking for to put in your garden this year.

We’re adding a new asparagus bed this year, about 1,000 more strawberry plants, blueberry bushes and black raspberry canes.  It will be two years or so before all but the strawberries begin to produce, but our patience will yield some delicious fruits.  We’re super excited!

Although we are still in the clutches of winter, spring is much closer than you think.  We’re counting the days, and watching the temps, until we can really get out and dig in the dirt.  Until then, think warm thoughts with us!