Salad Season is Here!

  

In spite of the hot, dry weather this spring, our lettuce has made a stunning debut! At first we were worried that our early seeding was not going to do much; the plants were not growing as well as we hoped and something was nibbling at the leaves. But the seeds had germinated well and responded to what rain they got from a couple of thunderstorms. We realized that the row was thick and would benefit from thinning. After a few days of salads here on the farm, it became clear that there would be more thinnings than we could consume on our own. Voila: salad for our members!

On Wednesday, we thinned both rows for the Saskatoon order. By today, the remaining plants had filled in all the gaps and were clamouring for more space. We took out half the plants and sent them in this week’s Battlefords order. With this week-end’s rain — our first real rain of the season — the magic of the multiplying lettuces promises to continue!

The other veggies in your orders should all be familiar by now: orach (which is now getting to be quite large), spinach (the last of our first planting), asparagus, rhubarb, carrots (the last of last fall’s crop), dill, coriander, and chives.

In other farm news, we accomplished just about all of our transplanting this week. Hundreds of tomato and pepper plants are settling into their new homes, as are the celery, parsley, basil, and summer savory. Within the next week or two, the herbs should be growing enough that we can resume sending snippets. The squash, zucchini, cucumber, corn, and melon seeds we planted are all germinating, and the earliest edible pod peas (Sugar Ann) are in bloom. Ah! The tastes of spring!

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