Though the little sprigs of green above look more like grass or weeds than a vegetable, they are actually the beginnings of carrots. Carrots take a long time to germinate and it is very exciting to see some coming out of the ground. The early varieties I have planted are Mokum and Nelson, chosen for their good growth in the spring.
All of the nightshades have germinated and on the tomatoes I can already begin to see true leaves. When they all have fully developed first true leaves I will pot them up, meaning that they will be separated out of the 20 rows and put, one per cell, into 50 cell trays to continue growing. If you are interested in potting up any peppers, eggplants, and/or tomatoes and hanging out in the greenhouse, please let me know. This process will be happening thoughout the week of 4/23.
The spinach has germinated and is growing excellently! I can't wait to plant it outside and have even more anticipation of eating it!
Above is Napa Cabbage, a spring and fall crop that is great for stir frying and for making kimchi, a fermented dish which has its origins in Korea. These little cabbages will be covered with row cover like those to their right in the picture in order to keep flea beetles and cabbage root maggots at bay. Root maggots are the larval stage of the cabbage root fly. By covering the plants and securing the edges with soil, the fly can't get to the base of the plant in order to lay its eggs. The same theory goes for the flea beetles, though they will land directly on the plant and begin munching.