What is happening there now? The weather is getting cold and many of the greenhouses around the
Island are being put to bed, but we have many things growing. Inspired by Elliot Coleman, author of Four Season Harvest, we have an abundance of greens ready to be picked. Right now ready for harvest is lettuce, mizuna, and kale. Defying all probability, we still have tomatoes and in the not too distant future we have kohlrabi, broccoli raab, swiss chard, mesclun and pakchoi.
This winter we will continue starting lettuce seedlings throughout the winter about every two weeks. We have a new “Pick a head, plant a head” policy to keep the beds green all season.
Another new experiment is to try to keep a lacewing population in the greenhouse all winter to control the aphids. A wonderful byproduct of this project is that we have planted nastursiums to feed the adult lacewings as well as baskets of dipladenia, streptocarpus and petunias. The result is a feast for the eyes as well as a few nasturtium flowers that can brighten a salad in the winter.