We are off to the races. As you read this, our first cabbage for the field is being seeded. The first go around will be 320,000 plants of Green cabbage, Red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower and Broccoli. All of our Green and Variety peppers (450,000 plants) will be seeded during the week of March 9th and then more cabbage after that. The pace picks up and doesn’t let up until the first week of November. We get charged up by the smell of the soil and the constant humming of the seeder.
The first week of seeding each crop is critical to plant development in the field. We want even germination for all the plants, this ensures that during the harvest period we can go through the crop at the maximum of two times to cut down on the labor cost. Another critical thing to be cognizant for when seeding in the greenhouse after germination is to make sure the crop does not stay wet for any extended period, this ensures that no diseases develops that will instantly kill the seedlings at such a weak time frame of their growth.
With the spring coming we always anticipate a great year. I guess that is why we do what we do. Things are never the same and we always encounter different problems or successes that facilitate our growth as people. The trials and tribulations that are faced over the course of the year are always outweighed by the satisfaction and accomplishments that come at harvest. Cheers to a great growing season!