After wondering all winter where the early planting would occur (would it take place at the farm in Brampton, or at the newly acquired land in Sutton?), the answer emerged last week. With both acreages too wet to till, we settled on a third option. After reading our last newsletter which questioned where and when we'd be able to plant, our neighbours in Sutton responded and told us that they had a very dry 1/2 acre they'd be happy to share with us. Thank you Justin, Hans, and Loes Pape!!! So, Tuesday and Wednesday were spent on the tractors tilling up the soil, and on Thursday we had our first planting of the season! Specifically, we planted 6 beds (100ft x 4 ft) of salad greens, 4 beds of Asian greens, and 2 beds of turnips. The rains of the weekend were a nice gift, which'll ensure our seeds are nice and moist, leading to strong germination. A little flurries outside as we speak isn't great news, but with our beds covered in row cover (garden fabric), everything should be fine. This week the early planting will continue, with specific emphasis on onions, radishes, and arugula. After nearly 6 months of planting, it feels so good to be back in the fields, sewing seeds. The first planting of the season is always very exciting. Meanwhile, on the farm in Brampton, our garlic plants are now poking their way through the straw mulch. Nearly 20 varieties, totaling 32,000 bulbs, are merely months away from delighting our taste-buds, and boosting our immune systems. With the farming season now officially under way, there is great optimism from The Cutting Veg team for an abundant harvest season in 2011!
That's all the news from the farm for now. Until next time, Keep Livin' on the Veg!