On We Go
Notes From The Field
A Continued Green Autumn
By Derek McGeehan
December commences this week as we move slowly towards the end of the calendar year. I believe some folks refer to December as the beginning of meteorological winter. Another few weeks of lessening daylight, then with official start of astronomical winter on December 21st daylight will begin to slowly lengthen. It probably won't feel like winter until January. The winter winds were working their way around last week, though, removing whatever warmth hung around with the prior week's minor heat wave and also quickly dismantled whatever leaves hung around so that now it looks like winter. There are a few move leaves clinging desperately to the large trees surrounding our house and I'm hoping they've finished their gravitationally induced fall before I attempt to clean our gutters prior to the forecast significant rainfall midweek, the first in a very long time. It has been a mostly lovely autumn and I'm glad for the return of some sustained sunshine today. Outside crops are still thriving, though a few of the more cold sensitive ones show a bit of stress from the wind and the subsequent drop into the mid-20s last week.
Gabriel inspects raised beds of winter greens inside the greenhouse.
Baby lettuce mix seedlings slowly beginning their life above the soil.
An End of November Harvest
By Derek McGeehan
Late Fall Harvest #3 (Week A) should include radicchio, head lettuce, lettuce mix, kohlrabi, sweet potatoes, potatoes, garlic, fennel, radishes, celeriac, kale, collards, spinach, arugula, and greens mix. Some items may be a choice.
Under protection of the hoop house the lettuce mix is now ready for harvest.
A very late seeding of red russian kale and arugula continues to grow under low hoops and heavy row cover.