Leeks have sprouted and thus begins a new season! It isn’t quite like a birth of a baby in a family. Now that is a thought – what are the differences between Allium ampeloprasums and Homo sapiens? After a leek seed sprouts it takes in the necessary nutrients until it is harvested; it is more or less on autopilot, fulfilling it’s genetic place on this planet. Now a “wise man”, at the other end of the spectrum, may begin that way, but something happens fairly soon after the body is upright and is able to traipse around. In our “wisdom” we think it is normal to consume more than our needs. Would it not be a surprise to wake up one morning to find a group of leeks commandeering the whole tray for themselves? Maybe we need to eat our humble pie and learn from the stalwart leek how to live in a global community.
The high tunnel on plot 3 is planted out into greens, onions and carrots. It will move onto plot 4 to thaw out the soil sometime in March, depending on the weather. We expanded to having a spring share in May this year and hope to impress all the new members! Excitement along with a healthy amount of trepidation is my take for what the future holds in store.
The plantings under the quick hoops are frozen to the ground. Is there life under there?
Our front yard has taken on a new look with the removal of 4 large trees. With open space we hope to plant trees and shrubs that provide fruit as well as trying out a “three sisters garden” with corn, beans and squash growing in a lush profusion. A soil test indicated that there is adequate nutrition for something food worthy, so why not? It would be a good thing to have a neglected lawn mower. The challenge is to plan for beauty. At the moment it looks like devastation hit, but given time, the beholder – you! – might give us some thoughts.
Please take note that our summer shares have a reduced price until the end of February. We need to plan now what to plant for summer harvests. For those interested, download the registration form.