To everything there is a season. And to some things, there are two.
Now that I'm pretty sure I will be selling my storage crops at a farmers' market this winter, I am suddenly faced with having to fill a table and make it look pretty for as long as possible. And so, in a fit of energy last week, I went out and bought a bunch of seeds for cold-hardy greens. Tonight, I arranged my seed trays on Jake's rickety card table on the back patio, and poked those babies in.
Kale, spinach, lettuce, arugula, mustards, chicory, endive: it might seem odd to be sowing seeds just as the summer is nearing its end, but in our mild climate, many of these things can grow through the winter. As long as we don't have a wicked cold snap like we did last year, I feel pretty confident the kale and spinach will do fine.
Some of these things are a bit more of an experiment. I have actually never grown chicories or endive before, and I have never tried to overwinter lettuce or arugula (except in a greenhouse). But I figure most things are worth trying once. It's what keeps farming (and life) fun!
I'm keeping the seed trays on our patio until the plants germinate, so I can keep an eye on them and water regularly. The greenhouse irrigation at the farm has been taken apart for the summer, and besides, I'm worried it would be too hot in there to grow these cool-weather greens. Now if only my bad cat will keep his paws out of them for a few weeks...