In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.
|Chard in cinder blocks in greenhouse|
A side note here on broccolini: Some think the long, thin vegetable with a smaller head is baby broccoli, but it is not. Broccolini is actually a hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan. When I say we have broccolini, I'm fudging a bit. We didn't plant the hybrid. Due to several factors of our lingering
Then my farmer son planted spinach, chard, more kale, more collards, arugula and broccoli sprouts, cabbage and brussel sprouts in cinder blocks along the sides of the greenhouse. These are all cold weather plants. (Dill, not cold weather, took up a large portion of the center. We need to start stockpiling dried dill for pickling in the summer. The dill took a freeze hit early on and we need to replant.)
Next morning ALL of those gorgeous baby plants were frozen solid.
You could break off shoots and leaves with a crunch. We can spread the blame around as each one of us thought the other one had it under control. Skip over that part.
I hit the Internet to research if there was anything we could do. Nada. But I did find hope in one site which said arugula, chard and spinach can freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, etc. and continue to grow as long as the ground doesn't freeze - in theory. We held a pinpoint of hope and moved on. We'd just have to replant.
The next afternoon, I decided to see if any of the greens were salvageable for a salad that night. What I found left me speechless. The babies looked as if nothing had happened to them. They were beautifully green and perfect to the touch. We'll be watching to see how they grow. They could still die or be sickly, but we may have lucked out.
|Green bean survived for a while in the house|
I thought about doing a wrap up for 2013, our second year on Tortuga Flats Farm. The struggle to get our greens going for the winter is noteworthy, so I'll do a recap and look back next week.