Brune d’hiver lettuce, back from near-death
What a difference a week makes! The warmup has definitely kicked things up a notch or two in the greenhouses. All my November and December seeds have sprung, I now see all the garlics, the chives are emerging, and all the freezer-burnt lettuces have put out shiny new growth.
November-sown Winter Marvel spinach
This should not surprise me, of course, but it does. Being a gardener, one learns (not quickly) that TIME is one’s friend, even if it is not the friend of some garden plants. Time has the ability to heal all your stupidly overreaching expectations. Sure, there are many patches in our digging lives where life is terribly short and the growing season even shorter, but becoming an earnest vegetable gardener is about understanding time, about thinking longer term. The ease of simply buying one’s onions seems like cheating after a while.
That said, I do tend to get into a panic if I see the END of a harvest happening (let’s say the near-dead greenhouse lettuces planted last October) and the jump of time needed to span until the next harvest. Those Nov/Dec seedlings aren’t going to be ready in time to have a continuous supply of salad stuff. So I am quite glad the dead lettuces have had their Lazarus moment. It will bridge that gap.
Spring, you see, is still a long way off from where I stand.