There are two greenhouses here on the farm. The small house is the potting house where we plant the seeds and get them started. The big house, 22′ x 52′, is where the plant flats go once they are sprouted and for hardening off prior to planting in the ground. Here we start planting sets in the middle of March. We start with lettuce, kale, cabbage, collards, broccoli, onions and leeks, all of which will be planted out in the field beginning in April. These winds we’re having are about a month and a half earlier than the calendar would expect. It is just amazing to spend a day in the wind, when even the smallest thing you carry becomes a sail. I planned to move the big greenhouse to a new spot to rotate out the ground and let it rest. The wind moved it for me last night. This is the first time that I’ve seen such a thing! The big house cart-wheeled over, out of the way. I took one look at it this morning and had to laugh. The damage was minimal and my thought was, ok, the hand of god is moving things along. It would have been great if it was placed right where I needed it but I’ll take the help. Rather than putting me behind in the season this actually moves me ahead of schedule by a month with a good full day’s work already done.
Posted on February 13, 2009 by Virginia Citrano