Field notes: Mid-April 2013 — First Field Work

Garlic sprouting in April

Garlic sprouting in April

Last week we were able to get out into the field . . . before it snowed again. It was actually a lovely day and we took advantage and mulched the garlic that had been planted in the fall.

Adam and Mary mulching

Adam and Mary mulching

Usually we mulch garlic in the fall to insulate it from the freezes and thaws that can happen over the winter. Luckily, this winter the snowcover was so good it acted like an insulating mulch.

Now in spring, we like our garlic mulched to keep the weeds out. Just as the garlic was beginning to break the surface of the soil, we were able to put down a good layer of hay mulch. Check that job right off the list!

Spring-dug parsnips! So sweet!

Spring-dug parsnips! So sweet!

It was also the perfect time to dig up the overwintered parsnips. There is nothing like spring-dug parsnips — they are so sweet! If you haven’t tried parsnips overwintered and dug in the spring, your really should — even if you don’t think you like parsnips. It is a whole different root when it comes out in the spring!

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