In these past couple of weeks, we’ve really leapt on the farming season. Plans to get into the field earlier were held off by snow and ice —
— but last week’s lovely weather had us spreading tons of mushroom soil. Once the soil was laid down, we plowed and harrowed, and the soil was prepared for planting.
It’s a rough preparation. We could do a lot more, but other duties left us cutting corners. We may pay for it later in the season — weeding is going to be a challenge. But in the meantime, we could begin putting in our cole crops, right on time.
Yesterday, I planted about 1300 seedlings — “Imperial” and “Gypsy” broccoli, “Platinum Dynasty” cabbage, and “Winterbor” kale. (This kale is the same variety and greenhouse that gave us the excellent kale of last fall!) I was impressed how quickly it could go. The work was done in about 5 and a half hours.
(Want to see a short video of the transplanting? Check it out at our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kranz-Hill-Farm-121028901408320/)
Why the midnight bomber? Well, after getting the seedlings at 3 PM, and going in for dinner and putting the kids to bed, the last seedlings were planted at 12:36 AM, by the dim light of the slender moon. Why so late? I usually prefer to transplant before a rain than afterwards, and we anticipated a big rain for much of today. And so it happened. Seedlings transplanted and watered in by the rain.
Now we look forward to these crops at the end of May!