Brush Off The Snow
It seems fitting that this month’s super moon was also a snow moon. We have experienced many, many days of unusual snowy, icy, rainy and blizzard conditions all mixed into one. It’s been a struggle to muster up enough energy to put on our boots and get to work digging the greenhouses out of the snow.
Fixing the broken barn roof and repairing the processing station tarp will happen soon. Our greenhouses are our first priority of business though so we can get the planting season up and running! We were hoping to have preparations for the seed line in the barn completed by now, and heaters going in one of the greenhouse, but mother nature has had different plans. This delay has afforded us a little more time to polish up the planting plan for the coming season though.
We will scour our planting notes and schedule the timing of successions and final destinations around the farm, while taking into consideration the temperatures and rainfalls predicted for the coming months. We rely on many forecast agencies and weather tools to guide us, keeping in mind that the art of weather forecasting is quite impulsive and changeable.
I have found that all of this crazy cold weather makes my mind wander to thoughts of warmer day. I daydream of the warm crops I’d like to grow, like Sungold cherry tomatoes, Green Mamba serrano peppers, Crimson Sweet watermelons, and Ornamental Painted Mountain corn just to mention a few. Yet these varieties do not naturally have enough heat to sustain growth here in the Pacific Northwest, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and right now it is the idea that the warm sun and heat prevail. I am sure once we are deep into spring planting and harvest we will be plenty happy to return our concentration back the many wonderful greens and root crops that grow so naturally well in the valley below the Cascade Mountains.
We hope you are starting to think about your own gardens, planter boxes, windowsill herbs and that you are dreaming about the season of delicious spring fruits and veggies that will be here sooner than we realize. Spring soups and tonics will be a welcomed friend to usher out the winter season.
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