Our greenhouses are a balmy 70 degrees in fact, even though average temperature is in the high 20s outside. The first full week of February means we begin planting this week! Can you believe that tiny seeds like those above will become mature, ready to eat vegetables, in just a matter of months?
We try to recycle as much as we can from year to year. So that means around this time each year, Tom goes our storage area and hauls back all our black seedling trays. We look them over and those that are still (mostly) intact, we wash and sanitize those. Then to get ready for planting, we pack them with dirt rich in organic matter so the new seedlings will have plenty of food until the weather breaks and we are able to get them in the ground outside.
First up this week – onions seeds. These hardy seeds will one of the first in the ground and the seeds we plant this week will be ready for early summer harvest.
As you can see, we already have significant investment in our seeds at this point and the next few weeks will bring some intensive work, which will get busier come spring time. Our CSA customers help us to be able to finance this upfront cost and some of the labor until our season starts. We really appreciate our customers, especially our CSA members!