We’ve been waiting for the soil to warm up to 50°F — the minimum temperature at which we attempt to start seeds — before direct seeding the first Spring crop. Another sign we watch for is when the dandelions show, a good indicator of soil rather than air temperature.
Peas and favas went into hoop-covered beds, the rest into these cold frames.
• Peas: Green Arrow (Fedco + saved seed)
• Favas: Cascine (SI), Aguadulce S. Simonia (SI), SuperAguadulce (Franchi)
• Kale: Siberian (HMS), Red Russian (HMS)
• Chard: Rainbow Mix (HMS)
• Lettuce: Winter Lettuce Mix (Fedco), Gourmet Lettuce Mix (HMS), Gourmet Baby Greens (BI)
• Arugula: Ice-Bred (Fedco), Rocket (Fedco)
• Radish: Valentine’s Day Mix (HMS)
• Raab: Spring Broccoli Raab (HMS), Cima di Rapa Quarantina (Franchi)
• Chicory: Catalogna Emerald Endive (HMS), Misticanza (Franchi)
Green Arrow pea seeds saved from last season.
We start peas and favas when the crocuses come up. We’re trying three different favas this year, all from Seeds from Italy. Left to right: Cascine, Aguadulce S. Somonia, and Superaguadulce. They promise to be more flavorful than the Windsor variety we’ve grown in the past.