Tomatoes, Peppers, and Checking up

Need your order:

Black Kow $5, tomatoes $4, peppers $4, strawberries $4! The plants are in 1 gal. pots and are healthy and locally grown! I’m picking up a bunch on Friday, so let me know by Thursday night what your wish list is. The Black Kow is stacked by the fence. Please don’t remove it or the plants on the table before they’re paid for.

Mentor Shane Belson has a new job and will be moving to Washington State soon. Our deep loss…their gain. Shane and Kendra have been the stalwarts of this local food scene since its inception. They have been in the forefront of every Farm to Fork Event that we’ve had. Shane even made all of the artisan’s bread for one of them! He and Kendra started out being non-working shareholders in the CSA back in 2009. Then, when it changed to the rent-a-row, they still stayed on and perfected their gardening talents. We’ll miss them both.

So for those of you that had Shane as a mentor, you now have me! 🙂 Starting next Saturday, the 22nd, I will be helping you with any questions you have about your row. Feel free to email me questions, to ask for hands on help, or whatever else you might need. We want you to succeed with your spring garden!!

Utilize your whole row:

Your 4′ x 80′ patch of good rich dirt, adequate water, and seeds of choice can feed a lot of hungry appetites, if the planning is done and the care is given. So…..

  • Plant and space according to the packet instructions.
  • We’ll talk about thinning in a future email.
  • Plan for successive plantings: beans for instance, should be planted every 3 weeks for a continuous harvest into June.
     If you planted beans on the 15th of February
    You can plant them again in another part of the row on March 9,
    And plant them again in another part of the row on April 6
    This will have you picking beans up until we close our rows, the second week of June.
    Each crop of beans will give you continuous pickings for about 3-4 weeks.
  • What other crops could be on this successive planting schedule?
    Beets                    Carrots
    Onions                 Cucumbers
    Lettuces               Radishes
    Turnips                Mustard greens
  • If you have any questions about what, please ask!

What vegetables will continue growing after the first picking and which ones will only give one harvest? Let’s go down the list because this is important to know.

  1. Beans will give you 3-4 weeks of pickings and then can be pulled and plant something else in its place.
  2. Cabbage can be cut and will produce subsequent smaller side cabbages. Broccoli also the same.
  3. Squash, cucumbers, eggplant, Swiss chard, tomatoes, spinach, peas, and peppers all can keep producing as you happily pick the ripe ones and tuck them into your harvest bag.
  4. Turnips, radishes, onions, carrots, beets, kohlrabi… planting/one harvest only.
  5. What about lettuce? Most of the lettuce mixes can be grown and cut when they’re young by breaking off leaves and leaving the root to continue growing. They will continue to supply you with new leaves throughout the season. In the case of Romaine, Butter-head varieties, I would cut the whole head and use it. I’ve tried it both ways and prefer it whole. if you cut it off at the root, you will probably get a smaller version of another head in its place. You will notice that the first harvests of each plant usually is the most tender and full.

What should I be planting now?

Just about everything. Refer to your vegetable planting calendar for Central Florida to see the full list of what could be planted in Feb-March. For sure are beans, beets, cantaloupe, celery, carrots to name a few. Throw in some flower seeds, too; they will attract bees and beneficial insects.  Some of you have picked up heirloom seeds to try, or vegetables that you haven’t ever eaten…Bravo!! I would have never discovered yellow mini’s (tomatoes), if we hadn’t stepped out of the box. They are my all-time favorite….until I try something I like better 🙂

Have fun with all the varieties of produce that spring planting affords us!
As with all things, please give God thanks. If we eat something from those tiny little seeds that we’ve all planted, it will be because of His goodness.

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