We've all been waiting for it, and for a while it seemed as though it would never get here. But here it is, spring has sprung.
Whilst most of the bigger houses at the container farm are still covered (the wind took a few of them), all the smaller structures are open. Now we get to see how our crops fared. For the most part things are looking good. There is some winter damage, some of the plants are going to be held back, and some are just plain dead.
At least here we expect it to get cold, spare a thought for the nurseries on the West Coast. They saw temperatures in the single digits and low teens for the first time in twenty years.
I love this season, not so much the hectic pace, since everything needs to be done at once (though I must admit it's quite a rush). And sure, it's great to see the flowers. But for me what I love are all the shades of green, and the speed at which those new leaves expand. It's as though the colder the weather, the quicker the plants are to wake up.
So as we move through this season, please take a moment to think of the guys (and ladies too), who spent those cold, wet
miserable days outside, covering and often re-covering those plants that will be coming your way this year.
By Jonathan McCombie, Grower