The Surge

This year’s first round of planting on the Black Cat Farm concluded yesterday.

On 2.5 acres at the J Family-County Open Space property (Southwest corner of 63rd and Oxford), farm workers planted seeds for the following vegetables:

  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Lettuces (Tom Thumb and a mix of Italian heirloom lettuces)
  • Asian greens (such as Ruby-streak mizuna, bok choy, and tatsoi)
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Celtuce (Chinese stem lettuce)
  • Spring onions (in addition to the 55,000 onion seedlings planted)
  • Fava beans
  • Garbanzo beans

When talking about planting conditions, Eric said that this year was a happy medium between years without much Winter moisture where the ground dries up and becomes incredibly rocky (very challenging to plant) and years where rain and snow makes the ground too muddy to prepare for planting much less plant.

This year, there was winter moisture but the ground was dry enough when it came to working the ground with a good soil moisture level. These conditions made for effective and enjoyable planting. Now, without recent moisure, the ground is drying out and the seeds will need water. Time to perform a rain dance.

If everything goes according to plan, this first surge of planting will yield results in mid-late spring.

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