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News and Views from Circle A Garden

Posted 5/9/2008 8:55pm by Betsy Austin.

Hello everyone!!

Everything here on the farm is progressing; slowly, but it is starting to look like a garden again!! The weather continues to be very changable. Since our last e-mail we have had snow {on May 1!!}, several extremly cold nights {down to 23}, lots of wind, hail {yesterday},rain {finally yesterday}, and some some absolutely glorious days of sunshine and warmer temperatures.

We have been busy getting things planted the last couple of weeks... cabbage {thanks Patricia and Dan for your help!!},more lettuce, shallots, parsley, celery and celeriac, chinese cabbage and more from transplants. Even got brave enough to get the first planting of summer squash in {well protected in walls of water}!!

The peas, favas, and lentils are finally starting to grow a bit faster {thanks Sheelagh, Kim, and Jim for helping getting them weeded!!}. Parsnips, salsify,scorenza, carrots, scallions, salad greens, and other greens are all up and doing well. We ended up replanting the radishes and turnips {that 23 degree temperature didn't agree with them}. Some of the beets have come up, but we may have to replant some of them as well. {not sure if it was the cold or the dry winds that did them in!!}.

We have the brocolli, cauliflower, root parsely and artichokes out of the green house hardening off getting them ready to plant this next week. We will also be planting the potatoes this next week {90 lbs total; 9 different varieties}. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!! {Wed, Sat, and Sun, are potato planting days; Mon, Tues, and Thur we will work on the other things.}

In the high tunnel, we are starting to transition to the warer season veggies. Many of the greens, spinach, lettuces, etc. have been harvested and the tomatoes, cucs, etc are starting to take over those spaces. This last week we started removeing the walls of water and getting the trellises set up. {we even have one little tiny cucumber about 2 inches long already!!} If you haven't seen the high tunnel lately you won't reccognize it!!

In the greenhouses we have pretty much moved all the cooler season transplants outside and the warm season transplants are growing like weeds!! Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucs, summer squash and more!!

New in the CSA this week are chinese cabbage and the first of the sugar snap peas. {not very many, just a very small sample of things to come!! we should have more next week}

I added several recipes to the website; 2 using dill week and one using beets and carrots. I didn't get more pictures up yet; the battery on my camera went dead and haven't had a chance to get into to town for new ones.

Hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy the warmer weather!!

Thank you all again for supporting small, local, sustainable family farms!!

Happy eating!!

All of us a Circle A Garden

Betsy, Della, Jeanne, Robyn {our invaluable intern!!}