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Posted 2/6/2015 5:28pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Winter??

What winter..that has been our question this week!! It sure seems like about April out in the garden. Even days that the sun didn't really make an apperance it was fairly warm..high 40-low 50ish. The last couple of days we have had abudant sunshine with temps up into the 60's with lows just barely freezing..about 30. January snow pack in the southern mountains is about 62% of normal. In their newsletter UVWUA says the Ridgway reservoir is something like 90% of capacity..not sure what that means for water come summer, though. Looks like we might get a bit of a storm early next week. In the meantime; even though we know it's only the first week of February; even though we know we need the moisture, and we have a good many friends who are lamenting the lack of snow for all those winter activities..Della, Mom, and I are going to continue to enjoy the mild springlike weather for as long as it lasts!!

Garden planning is coming right along. The guys will be out tomorrow to finish covering the rest of  the leach field..had a bit of rain last week and somehow we didn't think we wanted a backhoe planted in the field!! So the garden is going to look a bit different in places..we are moving a couple of trellises{we had to take them down to give the backhoe room}..we've wanted to move some of them and this seems like a good time. The yarrow patch is moving..it is time to thin it out some and I would like to make a new beneficial spot farther north. We are going to move some of the rhubarb..the maple tree has grown huge and is creating too much shade in a couple of beds..the rhubarb seems to be enjoying having a bit more shade during the summer so we are moving the most westerly portion of it up more into the shade so we can use the sunny spot for plants that like more heat. 

We decided to go ahead and take advantage of the weather the last few weeks. We have been pruning trees and shrubs like mad. Usually we wait until the snow melts back under the trees, around March or so, but this year..well there hasn't been much snow!! As we are out pruning we have been seeing signs of spring..the buds on the maple are swelling rapidly, some of the willows are starting to glow, we see a lot of perennial plants starting to wake up..columbine, celandine, iris..both bearded and spuria, salad burnet, mullien, a few bulbs ae starting to poke up, the rhubarb has little red noses peeking out, AND the garlic is starting to sprout up. We even saw a woodpecker last week!! It is scary warm for this time of year..things are waking up a good month ahead of schedule..we are hoping that nothing wakes up too much..just in case we do actually get some winter weather!!

Things in the prop house are growing happily..should have chard, kale, mustards, and all sorts of asian greens ready for transplanting into the high tunnel next week..!! This week I pricked up lettuces and started another succession of greens and lettuces for the high tunnel, some fun little herbie things, celery, and artichokes and will be starting early cabbages and broccoli next week. Soon there will be no room!!


We are about 8 weeks out from our first veggie pickup of the season. {first Saturday in April!!}. Time to sign up for another season of awesome fresh veggies!! We need 50 members this season!! We are not quite halfway to our goal this first week of February.THANK YOU to those of you who have been kind to your farmers and already signed up. Sorry to say but our veggies don't just happen..it takes about 10 weeks for those first spring greens and cool season roots to grow big enough to harvest.It helps so much with starting our successions of greens to know a head of time just how many folks we need to grow for.

  Please sign up and encourage friends, family, co-workers, etc to join us!! To sign up..just go to our website.. www.circleagarden.com  click on member signup and follow the directions. 

Not sure if our CSA is for you?  Have questions on how it works? Would you like to schedule a tour and talk to your farmer face to face? Please, don't hesitate to contact us through the website or by phone. {be aware that we are spending much of our daylight hours outdoors away from the phone..Please leave a message and we will be glad to get back to you in the evening!!}

Workdays for February and March..every Sunday 9:00 am to noon. If the weather is lousy we will work in the tunnels..if it continues like it has we will be outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Please let me know when you will be out!! These will be the only Sunday work days of the season. Can't come on Sunday, but have other days that work better for you?? We are very flexible, just call or shoot us an e-mail to set up an alternative time!!

Looking forward to growing for you!!

All of us at Circle A Garden