cabbages

Greens – a thought about them and a recipe for slaw

For some, this time of year is boring. Lack luster. Dull. Uninteresting. Insert adjective of choice.

I mean, who could possibly love greens?

What is the use of cool season crops? Why bother? Just bring on the main show. The summer crops. The fun stuff.

To those folks, I ask…are you sure? Why are you not excited for greens? How can this disdain exist? Greens are the harbinger of spring. They mark the end of winter doldrums…the first of freshness. They are the epitome of freshness.

Personally, greens are some of my favorite crops which encompass anything from the delicate and luscious spring mescluns to the heartier cabbages, collards, chard and kales (oh my, kales! YUM!).

So, I implore you not to discount the greens. Give them a try. There are too many great things that can be done with them…from a simple, refreshing salad

Spring lettuce mesclun with gorgonzola, walnuts, craisins, oil and balsamic

Spring lettuce mesclun with gorgonzola, walnuts, craisins, oil and balsamic

To crisp cole slaws:

Kale and Cabbage Coleslaw with Marcona Almonds

(Many thanks, Patsy, for the recipe…we cannot wait to try it this weekend.)

Give greens a try, won’t you? Once summer rolls around, the delicate and the refreshing will be missed.

 

 

Transplanting extravaganza

This weekend was a beautiful weekend full of hard work.

Things accomplished:

  • Compost applied to a quarter of the planting beds
  • Broadforking of carrot beds
  • Tillage of onion and cabbage planting beds
  • Weeding of garlic beds
  • Compost applied to garlic beds
  • Transplanting of onions and cabbages

We transplanted 16 flats of onions….that’s 1344 soil blocks. Each soil block was triple seeded. Not all seeds germinated, but we figured we had an average of two seedlings per block, meaning we planted around 2688 onions!

Jordan transplanting onions

Jordan transplanting onions

Onions seedlings - just look at those beautiful roots!

Onions seedlings – just look at those beautiful roots!

We worked hard and had our butts kicked by the sunny, warm days….only to have a reality check that those warm temperatures were fleeting. The forecast for Tuesday night = blustery with gusty winds and temps in the 20s! Great. Yesterday afternoon was a frantic dash to put row covers over everything that was just planted. Here’s hoping they survive the possible freeze……

Mad dash to cover transplants - cold front coming :(

Mad dash to cover transplants – cold front coming 😦

Fall prep

And, just another quick note….it may be hard to imagine, but fall plantings are being thought about. Yep. Three flats of broccoli and cabbages have already been seeded with more in the wings to do. Just arrived in the mail are seeds to try for the fall. Exciting, isn’t it?

Fall seeds

Fall seeds