thinking salads

Last fall I planted some spinach seeds and they survived the winter under a hoop house, even though our water pipes – deep underground – froze solid for nearly two months. Amazing vegetables! I planted the spinach seeds a little earlier in the Fall than the previous year (October rather than November), but both worked great.

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One of the things that makes harvesting leafy vegetables much less painful is this gizmo…

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A salad spinner. We got this one at a garage sale, and the thing is awesomely good at drying out those savoyed spinach leafs after a wash.

And as hard as it is for me to believe, it’s time to start hardening off my first seedlings;  a couple of early tomatoes and the two varieties of onions that I started in January. They’re my first attempt at onions from seed, but so far they’ve been as worry-free as one expects onions to be. I know sets can go in the ground way earlier than this, but little seedlings, even onions, take a little more TLC. So it’s back and forth from the closet to the great outdoors for a couple of weeks for them.

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