Thursday, March 28, 2013

Garden Season 2013, Yes! We’ve Already Started!

Did you know that the Organic Garden Team has already been hard at work for this year’s growing season?  We have!   In fact, we actually started planning out this summer’s garden back in December (and we just might have ordered all our seeds back then too…. we were a bit eager you could say).
This is what our calendar has looked like since the summer:

October: planted  cover crop of Winter Rye
November: is it summer yet?
December: not summer yet…let’s map out the garden for 2013 and order our seeds!
January: Went through our garden journal and updated data (germination dates,  harvest dates, weather data, arrival of pests, etc)
February:  That white stuff has lost its charm….is it SUMMER YET?!  No? Fine, we’ll start researching Farmscaping methods for Biological Control (i.e. planting specific plants to attract beneficial bugs to take care of the bad ones!)

With March just about done, we’ve been getting increasingly busy with gardening tasks.  Our Onions have been growing in the Cheray Greenhouse (thank you Biology Department for giving us some space!) and the garlic has just started coming up through the soil line.  This week we took our annual soil samples to send to UVM to get analyzed (always good to keep tabs on your soil health!).  Next up: starting our Peppers, Eggplants, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Watermelon and Cantaloupe in the greenhouse.

Before we know it, it’s farm stand time!

Happy Growing!