Finally! dry enough by this afternoon to get the bulk of the ground turned over for the spring crops. I sort of pushed and shoved the tiller through the least muddy spot on the farm last week, and got the peas and a few other direct-sown greens and earliest things planted. The transplants are overflowing out of the greenhouse, itching to get in the ground...and they will by the end of this week. A couple hundred pounds of seed potatoes and the 5000 or so onion starts can finally go out, beets and carrots still to plant. It's go, go, go from here; should be an interesting week or two getting caught up!
I'm only (ha) a good four weeks behind; I usually try to start planting mid-February. Which was about when it started snowing, sleeting, and dipping down into record low temperatures for the following three weeks. Plants start putting on new growth exponentially faster as spring progresses, and so I'm hoping the earliest crops will catch up at a certain point, and we won't see too much of a delay at the final harvest stage. Friday, March 20th, marks my favorite day of the year: the first day of spring!
I had written most of the above pre-dawn this morning, but then...
I don't typically like to get into personal issues in this space. Some of you know that my husband Andy is a reservist in the Air Force, and has been deployed to the Middle East for the past few months. He was scheduled to be gone for yet another 4-6 weeks. His mother's health is rapidly failing, to the point his CO conceded just an hour or two ago to pull him out early on a flight home tonight. This week is such a mixed bag, I don't know whether I'm coming or going. I hate to cancel orders and deliveries again for the week after missing several weeks recently due to weather, but it is what it is. I've been sitting here trying to figure out how to plant out half a farm before it rains again Thursday night, handle the weeks' picking and deliveries, and grapple with a family emergency in the next few days. Superwoman is not my middle name; something's gotta give for now.
We'll see you next week when the multiple whirlwinds have hopefully subsided. Please keep Andy and his mother and family members in your thoughts and prayers this week.