A note from the Market…
What do you think is the first “app” that a farmer puts on his smart phone? If you said a weather app you would be right! Chris Hertel of Sun Gold Farm says that he checks his weather app every day. If you are a gardener, he recommends that you do the same, especially this time of the year when high and low temperatures can be all over the place. This weekend’s warm weather will have most of us chomping at the bit to start planting our vegetable and herb gardens. Chris says that the most important plants to get in the ground right now are peas and brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.). They like the cool weather as do lettuce, spinach, chard and other greens.
If you want to get a jump on summer, Sun Gold’s booth will have plenty of tomato, pepper, eggplant, cucumber and squash starts on hand. These heat loving plants may need a little bit of protection if the night time temperatures dip too low. This is where your weather app comes in handy! If it looks like we are going to get near freezing, Chris suggests that you protect your hot weather veggie starts with something as simple as a paper bag placed over them. Even a crude greenhouse made of sticks and plastic will work. Of course, you will want to uncover your plants during the day.
You can start perennial herb gardens now. A perennial plant is one whose life cycle lasts for more than two years so mint, chives, bay, oregano, sage, rosemary. This does not include basil or cilantro. Hold off on those tender herbs until night time temperatures warm up.
Now is the time for planting strawberries (!) – Hood Strawberries are a market favorite. They are a super sweet berry with the entire crop coming over a short period of time. Sun Gold will also have an ever-bearing variety called Tri-Star that will keep you in fruit for a longer period of time.
Lastly, it is not too late to plant blueberry bushes. Both Sun Gold Farm and Northern Pacific farm will have a wide variety of blueberry bushes in their stalls this Saturday. Ask for advice on selecting the variety best suited for your tastes.
Clearly, there will be plenty of planting to be done this weekend and we can’t wait to get started! How about you?
We will see you at the Market! Saturday, April 18th, 10:00am – 1:30.
– The Beaverton Farmers Market