We are starting to believe that spring might actually be here to stay. The forecast this weekend is calling for 70 degree weather with sunshine which should start to dry things up here at that the farm. It has been a waiting game as we try to guess when we will be able to start planting in the fields. There are a lot of things that we have to do before we can plant, but a lot of these things also depend on the fields being dry enough to drive a tractor on without causing too much compaction.
We walked the fields today and some of them are very wet while others are showing some good signs of drying. Our new raspberry field might just be ready to plant early next week. We will also be planting rhubarb, asparagus, currants, as well as a couple of pear and apple trees this spring. Our field walk led us to discover that our garlic is just starting to emerge from under ground. It has been nestled under a thick mulch layer of straw all winter.
The greenhouse is getting full and we will be setting our onions outside in the next few days to harden off before they are planted into the ground.
Our hoop house has given us a small pre-season workout. We have transplanted bok choy and lettuce which made it nicely through these last cold nights. The salad mix, radishes and carrots are also doing well in their warm environment. We are looking forward to the rush of transplanting in the fields outside soon!