Last week I did a trial planting of about 40% of the Cold Frame to see how it would handle a 12 degree freeze. Figured they tranplants would be toast, but one never knows and I needed he room in the germination table. Guess what? They not on ly made it, but have increased by about 50% in size in the past week. AWESOME! So today in went another 80 transplants, about half this flat:
The second shot give a good view of the soil that has been built up over the past decade on this permaculture CSA farm. Yes, its that black!
I stretched the spacing a bit in the second half as the rye cover crop I planted last fall is being stubborn. Despite scuffle hoeing, it is coming back more than I would prefer. 8″ centers or so to allow for later cultivating. to have over a gross of lettuce seedlings in the ground on the second of March, with night time temps in the teens and 6″ of snow on the ground is still messing with my head.
But I loves it!