Out with the old (spinach), in with the new (l: Grand Rapids lettuce, r: purple kohlrabi)
I seeded some bare spots in the greenhouse this weekend. It’s funny: I am so much more of a fussbudget as a winter gardener. I am not sure if it’s a matter of scale or of time, or both, but I certainly spend more time fiddling over the greenhouse beds. In July, you won’t find me pulling off the dead lower leaves of my plants, but January? Well. Fuss fuss, primp primp.
I had the forethought (rare) to scoop up a couple of 5-gallon buckets’ worth of snow about three weeks ago. Bring them in the greenhouse and they melt down to maybe a gallon and a half of water each. This is pretty convenient if I need to water some newly-planted seeds, or wash off some root veggies. Look how pretty these cleaned-up parsnips are! (Well, okay; maybe “pretty” isn’t exactly right, but they’re pretty to ME.) In general, though, because the greenhouse is a closed loop, the beds never dry out. So the buckets of water are a convenience, not a necessity.
So I pulled some things out that were either used up (spinach) or were taking up too much real estate (parsnips), and I planted out more salad stuff. And I fixed my jones, at least for this week. And it was fun.