As of yesterday, another two flats of lettuce have gone in the ground.  So far, we have three beds covered with plastic tarps, and we expect to fill the rest of these beds with lettuce flats next week.  Luckily, we don't have to worry about these lettuce plants:  the plastic tarp not only keeps the bed about 10 degrees warmer than the surrounding environment, but the tarp also catches the evapotranspiration from the plant so that it condenses on the tarp and then "rains" down again on the lettuce.  This way, the lettuce plants almost water themselves.  We also managed to plant three different types of tomatoes in the greenhouse in 50 count flats.  In a few weeks, we'll then transfer these plants into larger pots so that they can grow even more (the final step to this process would be to transplant the lettuce from the pots to the actual beds in the garden).  On Tuesday, we'll also plant more tomato plants in the greenhouse in the 50 count flats.  Finally, the carrots are growing nicely in the greenhouse and should be ready for transplant over the next couple of weeks.  For these root crops, we used a soil blocker so that we could safely transplant the whole block of soil (roots intact) without causing stress to the carrot plant.  We hope for 2012 to be a big year, so we're starting off strong.
 


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