It’s technically still the beginning of winter for us, and the days and nights will continue to get colder, but there’s a little more sun shining every day. The greenhouses, however, are still productive. My challenge? Pick things fast enough to use things up, but slow enough to allow the lettuces to continue to grow. This harvesting remains a challenge because I am picking for my family…and four others! (Everyone in the CSA gets a gallon-sized bag a week. And we eat what we want, which is probably more like 2-1/2 gallons.)
“Old” greenhouse, looking at 8 of 9 beds: empty beds have garlic in them
This has been a fairly typical winter for us. “Typical” includes the 50-degree day of torrential rain we had on New Year’s Eve which thawed every flake of the 8″ of snow on the ground, as well as the regular weather ups and downs…if anything, I would say it’s been cloudier than usual. Heh. Climate change = change, all right. At least the greenhouses nip off the extremes and we’re just left with “winter” in there.
The lettuces are happy for the most part, snug in their beds. I do experience the occasional die-off of a plant. Notice these two in the picture above. The center has not died on the plants, but the outer, lower leaves have. It’s been my experience to just leave it and it might recover. Only when it’s totally mush does it go into the compost.
I can pack things into the beds pretty well too, including things that hate being crowded like these cabbages. I harvest the outer leaves (that also keeps the growth down) to give to the bunnies…and then occasionally I will eat a whole head.
And those “empty” beds that you saw? They’re also riddled with seedling lettuces. Seedling weeds too! But yeah, lettuces and onions can tolerate really low temperatures and still germinate. It will just take them a loooonnnng time.