Transplants galore! They are really starting to take shape and look like their true selves. I’m starting to imagine harvesting and bringing bunches and bunches of kale to market! I’ve had a bit of a reprieve from keeping the fire going at night as the temps are starting to creep up a bit.
This season we’re planning to put in our tomatoes in the hoop houses in early to mid April. We’re growing exclusively heirloom tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Pineapple,Kellogg’s Breakfast, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Rose de Berne, Paul Robeson, Amish Paste, Bloody Butcher, Cosmonaut Volkov, Valencia, Kalamata, Beam’s Yellow Pear, Matt’s Wild Cherry, Chocolate Cherry, Blue Berry Cherry, Grappoli D’Inverno), several of which will be grown from seeds saved here! Even though our hybrid tomatoes sold well last season, their flavor is inferior to heirlooms. What’s the point of growing anything that isn’t insanely delicious??
Nettles have started to pop up from hibernation. Their bright green and nutritious leaves are always a treasure in late March. The chickens have helped expose them by scratching around looking for hidden bugs.
The Sandhill Cranes and killdeer are back! I stop and watch every time the cranes fly overhead making their majestic sounds. Killdeer are scouting out their new nesting grounds. It won’t be long until I’m getting chased by them in the field.