But, warmth! What Polar Vortex in yonder forecast breaks? It is the Spring, and holy crap am I happy about it.
With scarcely a dip below 40 degrees in the 10 day outlook, Farmer Pop and I tore back the row cover yesterday to finally reveal what's been going on below. We found occasional plants that had succumbed to the Worst Winter Ever, but overwhelmingly, everybody lived. Woohoo! Next year, we'll use more hoops to keep the cloth (and more importantly, the water on the cloth, which freezes to ice and can burn tender leaves) off the plants. You can see the effects on the leaves of some of the beeties above, in the right-most row. Don't worry, they're fine; they'll make more leaves.
Here's a little status check on a few things in the ground. First up, lettuces. These were planted way back around Thanksgiving, and this is all they've grown (they're probably 3 inches in diameter). It's been cold y'all.
Baby romaine is so cute. Here's a pretty deep purple Galactic leaf lettuce.
Arugula don't care how cold it's been! These were planted earlier than those little lettuces, in September, so we actually picked from these for several weeks before the cold weather arrived. The arugula planted at the same time as the lettuces are still weensy, but doing just fine.
Spinach don't care about the cold, either. In fact, spinach looooves cold. Spinach loves cold so much, we had to germinate these suckers in the damn fridge. I'm really excited about it, this is the most success we've had with spinach so far and it's so good. The leaves just snap when you bend them, they're so juicy and glossy and gorgeous. These were planted at the same time as the lettuces, but you can see how much bigger they are by how much they spill over the holes made by the transplanter. The big blob of greenness in the upper right is actually the first planting, which is thriving and I'm going to eat it all.
Happy little spinach.
The Red Russian kale babies have also been enjoying the cool weather.
The carrots are still bushy beasts, I've pulled a hundred pounds out of there already and haven't made a dent. Got another row all sown and ready to go, too, if they'll just germinate already!
Finally, here's a closeup of the Chioggia beet greens, I love how bright and shiny they are. Beauties.
We have a lot to do during this warm spell. First, everything in the ground needs a li'l TLC. There's some weeding to do and pruning out dead leaves, then we'll probably hit everybody with a nice foliar feeding (wielding a firehose of rotten fish juice, my fave), reapply bug protection, that sort of thing. Then we've got another set of lettuce and greens to transplant, which I'll rope my cute husband into helping with over the weekend.