Sunday, February 26, 2012
Signs of Life at the Garden
But, the good news is, I left the spinach in the ground. The spinach I planted in September and harvested a couple of times before the solstice hit. This beautiful spinach has survived and ever so slowly has continued to grow underneath some flimsy row cover. In a few weeks, the growth will probably explode and be ready for the farmers market. Until then, I eat it at one precious meal every week, savoring the sweet leaves in omelets or with some onions and a little cream...
I seeded some very early spinach in early February (after all, you can never have too much spinach in the spring. And if you follow the blog, you know what an ordeal this was). After many nights and a few snows, they have come up under the protection of my cold frames - those things are handy. Spinach is one of the few vegetables that will germinate in cold weather. The soil temp can even be near freezing and these troopers will germinate at near 100%. As a matter of fact, they won't do well in warm weather and will germinate poorly at soil temps above 78 degrees F. Hence no spinach in the summertime. Look at these cuties below with their seagull wings. Yes, I love seedlings, a lot.
Before you go and think that everything worked perfectly this winter. I give you exhibit A (pictured below right). I placed my other cold frame over the artichokes in the hopes that they would survive the winter and provide me will a California-sized harvest this year. No such luck. The crispy brown extremely dead leaves are the artichokes. The slightly alive, but very poor looking bush is a rosemary plant that I also stuck under protection. This one is the best looking of the three. Sad.
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