Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Garden Weekend - wood-fired baking, cold frame & seedlings
A few updates on the garden - we are working at establishing more permaculture style keyhole beds, and also reorganizing our herb gardens. We've set up a second cold frame infront of the greenhouse, which will be used to harden off the seedling in preparation for the May 22 sale. This cold frame is simply a large rectangular box made of recycled wood, covered with glass windows.
The cold frame raised bed that contains our spring greens is bursting! We've been eating salad, dandelion greens, spinach, arugula, chives, etc for the whole month - and now with the warm days, many of the lettuces are starting to go to seed! I pulled out much of the spinach yesterday, as we are vowing this year to eat the greens when they are at their peak, rather than waiting until they go to seed and get bitter (which often seems to happen). We made two huge pizzas and loaded them with spinach and fresh oregano from the garden...baked in the wood-fired oven, yummm! See before and after photos here :)
The first round of basil is ready for harvest, and I've transplanted much of it into larger containers. We need the space on our indoor grow racks for new seedlings. Kale and broccoli have been moved to the greenhouse, and it's time to get the squash and zucchini started. These can also be planted directly outdoors later. We've started carrots and peas, plus sunflowers and some other flowers, out in the garden already. Of course, our little helper is doing a great job of watering and tending the plant babies.