Since my goal is eat only what I grow and what I can get at farmer’s markets and from local farms, it more important that my garden be as productive as possible. I eat a lot of lettuce, and $5.00 for a bag at the farmer’s market seems high, and my garden is between seedings. So, today, I did something I don’t do very often – buy transplants. Half of the 8 foot garden was seeded for Buttercrunch lettuce about 4 days ago, but the seedlings have yet to appear. So I called my favorite transplant supplier, JJ at Shady Hollow Farms to see if I could come out and raid his new greenhouse. He was happy to oblige, and so off I went. The farm has had a major upgrade since I saw it last, with a huge greenhouse and a substantial rainwater collection system. It is full of things to plant now, like lettuce, but more exciting to me, is the 2500 or so heirloom tomato seedlings he started recently to be ready in March. I placed my order for tomatoes so they don’t get away.
Once home, I planted two kinds of lettuce in the 8 foot garden, to get a jumpstart on the other half of that garden that has been seeded. I also planted some broccoli in the large garden.
Shady Hollow Farm is by appointment only, but sells wholesale and also to the public.