Though Boulder County still seems in the grip of winter, albeit with the usual pockets of warmth, the Black Cat farm is already thinking of spring. Last week, they started seedlings for cold-hardy vegetables, such as cabbage, artichoke, and cauliflower.
On March 5th, they will plant seeds for cold-hardy vegetables that can be safely sowed into the ground in cold weather, such as peas, carrots, and radishes, in the first beds.
On March 15th, they will start seedlings for tender warm-weather vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. At that point, seedling trays will cover every available warm space and the March 20th spring equinox will be on the horizon.
At the end of fall, they placed row cover cloth over spinach and mache plants. Last week, they uncovered the plants and harvested some leaves. If you dine at the Black Cat Farm-Table-Bistro this week, you may be the lucky recipient of this harvesting. The plan is to completely harvest the spinach and mache now, leaving the roots intact so they can send out shoots in the latter part of March.
This post is our way of sending out shoots in Winter after a long rest. Look for posts to start rolling out again.