Anyone who has ever ordered seeds, especially a large amount of them, knows how this feels. I shouldn’t be surprised, after all, just a few short weeks ago I poured over these catalogs, hand selecting varieties to start this little farm with. Southern Exposure is great in that the seeds have been tried and tested for southern climates, taking out some of the guessing work and leaving you feeling confident that the plants might actually grow the way the catalog says they will.
And so January 23 I did our first spring sowing; broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, kohlrabi, kale, collard greens, chard, mustard, onions (both bulb and bunching), cabbage, and spinach. Mid to late February we’ll do direct seedings of radish, fennel, turnips, beets, carrots and peas. Most plants we’ll plant will be preceded with additional seedings of the same so that we are sure to have spring crops for an extended amount of time. Fun stuff.
We’re working on the greenhouse, soon to be up in our back yard, but for now this is where all the growing takes place. I love walking into this muggy, tropical room, it’s a stark contrast to our heater induced dry air in the rest of the house. And the best part: Things are growing! The chard was the first to breach the soil, tiny heads uncurling for the first time under the care of our grow lights.
This Thursday is our first official work day! It promises to be the warmest,driest day of the week, and so we’ll proceed to spread the rest of the leaves on the remaining acre (it’s as big as it sounds) so come! Bring the kiddos so they can roll in the leaves, bring a metal rake, pitch fork or anything else to spread the piles. Look forward to seeing you all there.