Yesterday we harvested the last of the early spring spinach to make way for the kale, spinach, lettuce, and chard growing big in the greenhouse (see photos below). We have taken down the last partition and opened the whole greenhouse up to be heated. Pepper and tomato plants are filling the space up quickly as we pot up the tiny plants into pots that will give them enough room to grow until they are transplanted in May.
Daily and nighttime temperatures are getting warmer, though looking out the window this morning you might think otherwise. It was reassuring to see that our propagation greenhouse, where we start all of our seedlings for sale and for transplanting, had shed most of the snow that had fallen. That is a good sign that the heat is working properly, which is always a concern in the early spring when we can get very cold nights and plants in the greenhouse that really suffer at temperatures below 50 degrees, especially as seedlings.
Yesterday we got to visit Double H Pig Ranch in Brunswick. They are a new farm, started this past fall by Kristin Pearson and Tom Barry, and they are raising certified organic piglets. The piglets are Large Blacks; Large Blacks are a heritage breed known for being good foragers and producing great bacon. We are buying our feeder piglets from them this year. We'll get the piglets in May, when they are two months old. They are only a couple of weeks old now - aren't they adorable?