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Farm Update Sunday March 1

March 3, 2009

By Adam Walker2596542242_b66320bcb2

“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” — George H.W. Bush, 1990

George Sr. and I will agree to disagree on the question of broccoli’s merit. Yesterday we pulled the last of the brussel sprouts from the middle terrace, and it reminded me of the massive spread of brassicas we had up there just weeks ago. Luckily it’s March already and we can start thinking ahead to the day the ground thaws and we can start planting next season’s crops.

That being said, we’ve already got a few things poking up outside the Greenhouse. The crocuses are starting to show on the hillside, and all this warm weather has brought our tulip and garlic bulbs out of stasis. After some weeding in the greenhouse, Christian, Tom, and Ben joined me in fixing up the Remay that’s covering the sprouts and trying to make it as structurally sound as we could before this winter storm rolled in. Here’s hoping that the heavy buildup of snow forms some sort of igloo that keeps the sprouts from freezing. Either way, it was nice to work in a light snow and duck into the greenhouse as the cold came on.

We moved the big pile of mulch from the driveway down to a spot by the container before moving inside to plant a bed of Tatsoi and set up irrigation on the peas. Thank you to all the volunteers who have been doing such an incredible job weeding in the greenhouse–the plants are looking great and it looks like we’ll have a nice crop by the time Market starts up again. We may have a workday this Friday — keep a watch on the newsletter to find out for sure, and enjoy this snow (hopefully it will be our last).

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