Hello from the Croft! It’s been a somewhat dry winter here, but the rain we have had has turned the landscape surrounding the gardens a plush green. It’s February already, and time is flying by as quick as ever. With the days steadily getting longer and the warmer weather we’ve had in the last week, it feels like Spring is right around the corner. We’re already seeing signs of new life all around the garden. From daffodils and iris blooming early to little seedlings popping up everywhere, nature is telling us it’s time to set the wheels of the new season in motion.
In truth, the wheels are always turning in the garden. We continue to harvest Summer and Fall planted chard and kale, and we’ve been growing mustard greens, salad mix, and arugula through these colder months. Many of our garden beds are planted out with garlic and onion, and favas are growing as a beneficial cover crop in other beds. We’re getting an early start on the Spring season in our growing tunnels. The first successions of peas are popping up, and tiny carrot seedlings are getting a head start so we can get them on the menu as early as possible. And we’re already harvesting the first of our rainbow radishes and Tokyo salad turnips!
The greenhouse is full of life too, with our lettuce and fennel seedlings coming along nicely and almost ready to plant out. We’ve got a ton of flower starts going! We’re excited to bring back our favorite cut flowers from last year, and we’ve got some new offerings in the lineup. We’re also trialing a handful of varieties grown from saved seed, so stay tuned to see how some of our more unique plants turn out!
We’re looking forward to another bountiful year in the garden. You can follow along with us as we grow through the seasons on Instagram, we’re @nickscovecroft.