The beginning of any season is full of unknowns.
What I know right now is the trellises for the peas make the farm look really neat. We planted three different pea varieties along the newly erected trellises. Snow peas are flat and tender, are typically used for stir fry meals, and are harvested before they have matured completely. Sugar snap peas are crisp and full, grown with the intention to consume the seeds and pods. Garden peas are produced for the seeds only. I am eager to watch the peas climb the trellises as they grow.
I also know that turnip seeds are extremely small and unassuming. We planted the turnip seeds after spreading mushroom compost. We used a planting method similar to a "broadcast" method. Since the seeds are so small, we sprinkled four to five seeds in each spot about two to three inches from each other. When the turnips emerge, we will thin out the plants that appear to be less viable than the others.
Another thing I know is the salvia and sage cuttings are off to a great start. We took the sage cuttings from existing plants, dipped them in a rooting powder, and placed them in perlite to start out. Once the cuttings start growing their own roots, we will removed them from the medium to continue growing elsewhere.
With all of these known facts, the unknowns still lurked in the back of my mind. What if a storm ruins all of our crop? What if an untimely freeze damages everything we have planted? What if the crops suffer from unseasonable heat stress?
As these thoughts raced through my mind, I came to a brick on the farm with a sweet reminder etched in stone.
"Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow."
I took that in for a moment, and looked at the farm, all of the life surrounding me. Gardening requires faith, hope and determination. Each season brings new challenges, but it helps to believe that tomorrow will be a better day. We don't know what challenges will be thrown our way. but we put seeds in the ground, fight the doubt, and begin new season.
This week was full of rewarding activities and wonderful conversations. I formed new friendships, and found a greater appreciation for the work we are doing on the farm. With the seeds in the ground, hopes are high.