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Happy April!

 
Thank you for joining our Newsletter! This month, we bring you gardening tips for planting your spring garden, a delicious seasonal recipe, plus a glimpse into what we've up been to. 
 

Gardening Tip of the Month: Plant your brassicas deeply!



As a very cold-hardy bunch, Brassicas are typically the first transplants to make it into the garden. The Brassica family includes crowd favorites like kale, collards, broccoli and cabbage. They need to be planted deeply-- all the way up to their ‘apical meristem’-- in order to encourage growth of a strong and straight stem. The ‘apical meristem’ is the dominant point of growth and is easily located by finding the plant’s youngest leaf. You will be burying the cotyledons, and sometimes the first set of leaves. Always water immediately after transplanting.
What we've been up to...
 
One of first garden builds of the season was a fun one! This client came to us wanting to combine their passions (biking and gardening) into one. To accommodate their creative mind, we came up with a bike-wheel gate. To construct the gate, we hired local iron worker Dan Gray to make the arch. Then, it was just a matter of hanging the wheel (supplied by the client). 
Check out the before and after pics below!
Before
After
Recipe of the Month
In early April, your seeds and transplants are in the ground, but spring veggies aren't quite ready yet. This month we highlight a delicious over-wintered crop, spinach.

Baked eggs with Spinach and Mushrooms

Spinach grown in colder temperatures is actually sweeter than spinach grown in warm or hot temperatures. This is because the cells produce sugars in order to defend against frost! We love this versatile green in a number or salads, soups, stews, or just tossed into a stirfry.

We think the hardier, over-wintered version is put to particularly good use in this simple, cozy, & filling spinach and mushroom and baked eggs dish from Smitten Kitchen. You can substitute (or replace!) some of spinach with kale or collards, too. Check out the full recipe here.
Crops to plant this month...
From Seed:
          Asparagus
          Arugula
          Beets
          Bok Choy 
          Carrots
          Leeks
          Lettuce
          Onions
          Parsnips
          Peas
          Potatoes
          Radish
          Spinach
          Turnips
Transplants:
          Beets
          Broccoli
          Broccoli Raab
          Brussel Sprouts
          Cauliflower
          Cabbage
          Collards
          Kale
          Head Lettuce
          Mustard Greens
          Swiss Chard
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