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Spring Planting Right on Schedule, Are You?

April 19, 2009

BIG NEWS! First crops of corn and beans are in the field. Amazingly, for a Spring that seemed it would never get here, we planted right about on schedule. Nice when Mother Nature plays along. The corn is in on the ‘early’ ground at the Greenways’ Field. We will cover half of it later this week to push it along a little bit and get that corn to your table fast as we can. We will follow this planting with successive ones over the next few months every 7-10 days usually. Likewise, the first few rows of beans went in at the home field, and weather dependent they may get a heat-retention cover as well. We will plant them more or less weekly to keep up with the demand in the farm stand this season.

This deceptively dull action shot of the corn planter heading into the distance is truly a harbinger of summer.  Sometime in early July these seeds will have reached 7 feet into the sky and be bulging with small but juicy ears of Temptation butter and sugar corn-- the Volante's perennial favorite.

This deceptively dull action shot of the corn planter heading into the distance is truly a harbinger of summer. Sometime in early July these seeds will have reached 7 feet into the sky and be bulging with small but juicy ears of Temptation butter and sugar corn-- a Volante's perennial favorite.

For you at-home vegetable gardeners trying to keep up, it’s time to start the rest of your seeds indoors, if you haven’t yet. We’ve started our cukes and squash, and are in the process of transplanting peppers and tomatoes, all of which will be ready to go outdoors in 4-6 weeks. Cole crops and lettuces are well on their way; brave souls could probably start putting them outside, but it wouldn’t hurt to wait another week.  In the meantime we will continue to prepare more ground and start to pay attention to our perennial crops. Our herb garden, rhubarb, strawberries, and blueberries are all showing their respective signs of life.  It is a great time to be cleaning these areas of your garden up and determining what may need replacing or better what may require even more space this year!

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