Our first couple of years planting food four our CSA families we had wet, and I mean WET springs–two or three in a row. It turns out that we worried overly much about whether or not we’d ever get to plant. We did. Every one of our seven years of growing food, the Fern Creek beds and fields have given up a good amount of food, abundance even.
Having some raised beds allows us to dig and plant in the dirt between rain storms and showers. We planted the first beds of beets, carrots, and spinach in early March, and pairs of courageous leaves are up in steady rows in spite of the rain. The peas, which entered the soil between rain storms, have been less inclined to show themselves, but I remain hopeful and confident that they will.
Last week we cleared out last fall’s carrot beds (which had started the season with early potatoes) to make room for the Walla Walla and Cortland onion starts that were eager to get into the ground. We harvested a bucket load of overwintered carrots, and some nice size potatoes as well. Kelsey, who will be working with us this season, came out on Saturday afternoon for a few hours to plant onions with us, and she went home with carrots, potatoes, young leaves from the overwintered kale, chard, and collards, some leeks and volunteer onions besides.
How can I not be grateful of all the food at our fingertips–extra food even, that we don’t count on, or know is out there waiting to be found? Every day we have a chance to work with the soil we appreciate anew the chance to live on Fern Creek, and to delve our hands into this generous, nourishing, rich land.
Below are a few photos of life on Fern Creek in March.
Til next time–