Rapidly heading cabbages, freshly sprouting shallots and root-cellar potatoes means it’s colcannon season. With bacon bits and goat-milk yogurt, it’s a one-pot hearty meal…especially if paired with a salad.
The one thing I cannot stress enough for those of you considering these plastic bubbles is this: Having one extends your growing season. In my experience at zone 6, it extends it in two months in each direction. Four more months of growing things! Think about your haul if you had four more months in which to grow your goodies.
I grow things year-round in them, of course, like that pretty head of late September-seeded savoy cabbage above. Through the months of December-February, though, the greenhouses act more like big produce refrigerators than places in which things are actively growing. But it is at this time of the year, early March, that I have a particular appreciation of them. You see, late February/early March here means there’s still snow on the ground outside…nary a thing outdoors is “growing,” though there are a few hardy things hiding out there under the snow. Indoors, however, it might as well be late April/early May.
Everything in the greenhouse, in other words, has hit the Spring button. Chives and scallions are leaping out of the ground…a great thing, as my chevre loves chives, long missed since their November die-back. Seeds of the February-planted fava beans and peas are shooting up. The garlic is 8-9″ tall. The lettuces, long picked-at and just hanging in there, are now growing madly. The cabbages are heading faster and faster. And the arugula, mache (corn salad) and fall-planted kales are at the point of bolting.
Sure, it’s nice to sit in there too…especially if you consider the alternative: