There’s nothing like the first weeks of spring. Although we had a very mild winter again, everything goes through seasons and some of the plants around Harchut Farms were looking a bit sad. Grandpa and I spent a couple of weekends clearing away old growth and preparing for the new planting season.
We decided to try our hand at lettuces again. It was just too hot in the backyard beds. Two of the barrels in the orchard are now growing beautiful red and green lettuce: Coastal Star (green), Manoa Heirloom (light green), and Annapolis (dark red). The bunnies have been enjoying a few leaves each night and we are beginning to munch on some leaves too! Yum!
Of course, there is a barrel full of Dinosaur Kale and another barrel holds the small strawberry patch that keeps on coming back each year. A couple of seasons ago we planted three barrels full of seed potatoes and got such a kick out of digging them up (and eating them too!). This year we planted: Princess Laratte fingerling, another French fingerling and a bunch of Dark Red Norland red potato seeds. The plants grow tall above the dirt, sprout flowers and then the leaves turn yellow. This is when you stop watering and can begin to dig them up from the dirt. I just love digging in the dirt!