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Spinach and Kildeer

May 2, 2010

Kildeer chicks on their birthday, waiting patiently for their sibling to pick up the pace. A sure sign of spring in the field, and an annual obstacle for the plow!

That’s about it in the field! We have reached that somewhat golden zone where most of the early crops are in the ground and now we just have to play the waiting game for the threat of frost (still technically May 31 guys!) to pass. So we have just been doing small things here and there out in the field. Clearing the brush and detritus of the winter months away uses up a lot of time. We got the first crop of spring spinach seeded, so that should be ready in  a little over a month. We are happy to have been able to get our old variety of Tyee spinach seed again this year, so

This is the flower bud on a rhubarb plant, by snapping it off near the base by hand or with a knife, you can prolong the harvest season of the rhubarb stalks which will become tougher after the plant is allowed to set seeds. The flower is easy to spot, sometimes extending up to 3 feet in the air.

if you weren’t taken with last year’s more commercial variety that is good news for you too!

We got some more ground plowed at the home field and over off Charles River Street as well. These fields will host our second crops of peas and corn, due to be seeded later this week or early next week. So we are prepping that ground and in the process of  getting more ground ready for blueberry bushes. We will be transplanting them this week and mulching them with wood chips. Blueberries have proved to be a success for us in recent years, so we are excited to be increasing the crop by about 50%, though it will take a few years before these new bushes start to produce.

Thankfully, though the turkeys are back in the neighborhood they are shopping for perennials and not peas just yet.

Peas, beets, carrots, corn and beans are all pushing through, and we have had to start weeding already, so at least we know some things are growing. With so many early spring days in the 70’s, 80’s and even pushing 90 it seems like it could be an early and great year for summer harvest, at least let’s hope so.

If you are itching to plant veggies at home, it’s a perfect time to seed and transplant early spring crops still lettuce, roots veggies, greens, broccoli and cabbage, peas, and perennial foods like rhubarb, berries and herbs. Keep it up!

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