Planting crops early in the Spring is both exciting and daunting with the temperamental nature of.. well, nature. However, since we had a bit of luck today with the beautiful weather we were more than eager to get planting!
When the email shipping notification of these bad boys [there are three more boxes of onions not pictured] got to us we were a little surprised that the time was quickly approaching to make our first ground breaking for the year at the farm.
After stirrup hoeing, shaping, broadforking and raking, we were able to start planting our first bed of leeks! It felt great to have something planted in the ground, and even better to actually touch dirt and grass after a long and snowy winter.
Hopefully next weekend will have merciful weather so we can plant the other three boxes of onion starts.
LIFE!! It's official, the first signs of living, carbon dioxide breathing life at the farm. It's always amazing to see those little stems and leaves vigorously poking through the soil and mulch like little trophies of a hard worked planting day in the fall. Truthfully it's just good to know that a majority of them didn't fall victim to Mrs. squirrel, who I did witness munching on a few right in front of my face as if to say 'thank you, but I prefer the more expensive variety.'
[seen here, also obliterating a pumpkin after nearly 10 butternut squash fell at her hand in the fall]. Maybe it's me, but isn't it worrisome how close squirrels let you get to them?
The garlic cloves we planted in November are doing amazingly too! We were a little worried about these with those warmer days earlier in the season that were followed promptly with blizzards, but it seems that they are doing very well. We will be covering them in straw as soon as we can to help insulate them from any more of those impromptu weather changes and to preserve the soil and water conditions. Can't wait for more things to start growing!
As all Clevelanders know, the weather here is always a little less than cooperative. However, 2013 is starting out to be especially hard to predict and starting seeds in our new start house has been difficult with the extremely cold nights and indirect light during the days. This will be the first spring the farm partners will benefit from an onsite seed starting area!
Shawn from Refugee Response was gracious enough to donate a used wood burning stove to the project and Todd lent his amazing building skills and time to fit the stove's original parts to a new chimney that he created. For the first few weeks of March we decided to start a portion of our seeds in flats at our apartment where it will be guaranteed 70-80 degrees for germination. Planted and waiting to be transported are kale, kohlrabi, collards, cabbage, lettuces and a few flowers. We plan to move our seedlings into the start house as soon as next week and continue planting on schedule.
These blog posts are written by Matt, Todd, and Sarah, the farmers of Central Roots.