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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 11.13.14

Posted 11/13/2014 8:35pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi Folks,

Winter has come a little early. Brrrr! I’m hoping this early blast of cold will not affect the field greens we have under the low tunnel covers. These are the crops we anticipated carrying us through November and early December. We typically do not see these types of low temperatures until mid December or later by that time the greens and crops we have growing in our high tunnel greenhouses are ready. Sunshine will be the key the next 10 days or so. If we can get more sun days then not. we may just make it. On a good sunny day at 32 degrees we can see temperatures of 80 degree plus in our solar passive greenhouses. We then put covers over the crops to retain as much heat from the ground as possible throughout the cold dark night. Sunshine is the key in winter growing it is more important than the actual temperature.

On the farm this week, most of our time was spent cutting and gathering firewood that we use to heat our barn and one of our 4 greenhouses. The one greenhouse that we do heat is only heated to 35 degree at night and then the solar heated throughout the day. This greenhouse is where we grow micro greens, radishes, and lettuce. These crops can handle the cold but do not do very well going below freezing. More time was spent buttoning up waterlines, plastic covers, and field crops. All much earlier then we normally have to. In your share this week will be German Gold Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage, Swiss Chard (small but tasty), Green Salad Mix, and Lettuce (if it survives the cold evening temps). 

Thanks, Jim

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