Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Farm Shares

We got our last CSA share the Saturday before Christmas. Root vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and some wonderful, dried black turtle beans. We have squirreled away some carrots for turning into Carrot Soup with Moroccan Spices (Field of Greens cookbook). So in the midst of the coldest weekend in modern recorded weather history (perhaps I exaggerate) we began planning this year’s garden.

What else is there to do? In the midst of arctic air one has to believe there will be spring and green peas, radishes, spinach, broccoli rabe. In the midst of war, one must believe there is a way to peace.

My biggest concern is revitalization of the raised bed. The oldest of our beds, created by the previous owner, its soil is tired from overuse and tainted by the droppings of our neighbor’s black walnut tree. This spring, first thing, we will raise its sides even higher and add soil amendments – a small Subaru wagon load of leaf mold from the cemetery, a ½ yard of the best urban compost we can find, and a few bags of topsoil. We may no longer be nomads but the contents of our garden come from here and there, the best prizes of organic trash picking.

After that we will plant a mix of legume and non-legume cover crop. If all this can happen in March by the end of May we should be digging in this green gold and ready for a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, basil, edible marigolds and nasturtiums.

There are two more beds to consider. Comfort as we await the next big chill.

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