Pea shoots have to be grown under covers because birds fly into the greenhouse and eat the seeds out of the flats.

Onions, broccoli beyond, then two kinds of kale.

Little Gem lettuces

Some seeds are planted in individual cells. Others, like those on the center table, are planted rather thickly in flats, then divided into 6-packs.

This is the time of year when the greenhouse is becoming ripe with life. Flats are beginning to crowd one another. Humidity is high, until the heat-sensitive automatic levers open and it starts to ventilate. Fans come on automatically as well to keep the temperature at 90 degrees or below. The plants get checked daily for water needs. Late winter calls for less water than later on, when some plants wilt quickly in their tiny square of soil. Many crops are started in the greenhouse rather than the field. Especially this time of year when weeds can overcome struggling little seedlings in a NY minute.

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Artist: painter, graphics, print and typography. Farm Fan: live on an organic produce farm, am dedicated to educating the public about the food they eat and what it takes to get it to their table. View all posts by candied

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