We notice that the kale is thriving amidst the cover crop, which we are reducing only as something goes to seed. (Chickweed, for instance.)
On October 14 Tessa wrote a blog with some pictures of the over-wintering beds she planted for us. She'd envisioned a "river of broccoli", interspersed with colorful kales and mustards and lettuces.
The winter beds were covered with a loose cloche, but nonetheless an early hard freeze did in the broccoli and lettuce. Before the holidays I scattered garlic bulbules in the bare spaces, but mostly we just had to wait for the early spring to see what remained.
Recently we took the cloche off.
Kales and mustards and arugula and bok choi had survived, along with garlic blades and a good cover crop of "weeds". We've eaten several community meals that included these fresh greens already.
Patricia and I transplanted lettuces and cilantro from the hoop houses, with the addition of some spinach starts and spinach seeds. They all look very tiny right now, but experience tells us that after long slow pokey changes, suddenly they become lush and luscious.
Another intern project from last year received lettuce starts at the same time. The "Ugo", named after its inventor, will soon offer salad to anyone who comes by the dining room doors.
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