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March 11, 2014

Outside it’s still winter and chilly around the edges despite the bright sun.

winter outside

winter outside

Faux spring

Faux spring inside

It took sixteen days to dry out the greenhouse, but the wait is over.

Muck boots begone, it’s dry enough for leather work shoes.  Sigh.

Tilth approved by the greenhouse salamander.

Vole crew

Vole crew

And the dogs.  Although they will be banished now unsupervised.  The big dogs know the drill, but Grady is a loose cannon yet.

First seedlings

First seedlings

After some bed shaping and weeding we’ll probably start direct seeding some crops tomorrow.  I’m rotating greenhouse crops this year, so this one will serve as the first spring garden with a quick round of beets, carrots, potatoes, haricot verts, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, salad fixin’s, strawberries, and maybe a summer squash or two, plus cover crop for the winter crop area.

This is the part where I urge anyone with a strong desire to get off the food grid, to build a greenhouse.  Season extension is the name of the game with food.  We are living off our stores of winter squash, potatoes, and still pulling roots from the garden and gagging on kale…yes, it does get tiring.  But starting a garden here in my location in the first part of March, unheard of without some kind of gardeners intervention.  Since the first of March we have received 8.2 inches of rain, our outside gardens are a sodden mess.  Inside the greenhouse, it is spring, and time to plant.  Bliss.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2014 4:05 pm

    I’m happy for you!

  2. March 12, 2014 3:37 am

    Bliss, indeed. I have a wonderful recipe for Massaged Kale salad, if you’d like it. We planted too much kale last year and I was so happy to discover a different (i.e. better) way to eat it that everybody loved. Massaging the kale (but you probably already know this) makes it softer and sweeter and is fun, besides. Those seedlings are just beautiful.

    • March 12, 2014 5:38 am

      Amy, sure, but I’m about at the time to quit chowing on kale and letting it go to seed. I’m sure readers would like it too.


  3. Eumaeus permalink
    March 12, 2014 6:52 am

    Hot dog, Matron. Looks good. Here is to a good season for you and a hope that there’s a greenhouse in my future.

  4. March 17, 2014 11:21 am

    Look at your little feet! Ahem! sorry. I mean. Look at that excellent soil!

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