Update from the Veggie Patch

Update from the Veggie Patch...
by Emily Richardson, Head Horticulturist 

These days the vegetable patch is more brown than green. But spring is in the air and with it comes the promise of fresh vegetables. Artichokes, and rhubarb are beginning to sprout while two varieties of kale have been producing in the patch all winter.  

Both the Lacinato, and more recognizable Curly kale have been a hot topic of conversation around the patch! The tall Lacinato is commonly known as Dinosaur or Black kale. It grows to a height of 3 or 4 feet, which certainly accounts for its 'Dino' nickname. This winter crop won't be around for too much longer. While it is a strong producer in the early spring sun, new kale seeds have been sown in the garden to take its place. 

With an average last frost date of March 28th several hardy varieties of vegetables can already be sown into the garden. Along with kale, other greens such as spinach and arugala can be planted this month. Here at the course peas, radishes and pac choi have been planted in anticipation of a beautiful spring. 

  When looking ahead it is important to prepare gardens or containers for new plantings. If you haven't already now is the time to rake away leaves, remove pesky winter weeds and begin tilling the soil or incorporating new soil and organic matter into your planting site. Warmer season vegetables can be started in a sunny window ledge or in a greenhouse space. The maintenance shop is currently littered with flats of sprouting onions, leeks, cauliflower, broccoli and several other seedlings. 

Next time you grab a bite at Bill Mattick's think of the Dinosaur kale out there in the veggie patch and all the other fresh, local vegetables you are going to see on your plate this season.  

March Planting

Broad Beans

Arugala

Kale and Collards

Pac Choi and Asian Greens

Peas

Radishes

Spinach 

 

Start Inside 

Broccoli

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Leeks

Sweet Onions

Parsley

Peppers

Tomatoes