Thursday, May 15, 2008

Warm Spring Day, at last

It was a lovely, lovely warm spring day today. I had a sub job at the middle school for a teacher who has an algebra class, a P.E. class and a health class. The P.E. class was able to go outside and we reveled in the warm day. Even the breeze was warm for a change. For so long this spring even when the sun was warm there has been a cold wind blowing from the north.

When I got home Joel and I planted a second bed of chard, this one two rows of green chard and one of yellow, and a bed of parsnips. We have had a terrible time getting parsnips to grow for the last couple of years while our neighbors have had great crops;. But we are persisting and maybe the third time will be the charm. We're not sure whether the previous plantings just didn't germinate or something ate each and every parsnip seedling when they came up leaving all the weeds, or what.

The lettuce plants aren't as big as we had hoped they'd be by this time but we expect to be able to harvest some of the smaller heads to make lettuce mix for market. By the following week we should have real heads of lettuce. Joel grows about 50 different varieties of lettuce each year. There are so many great varieties out there and he just can't resist trying them.

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