Despite the cold nights, April is prime time for our spring planting. Beet and carrots in the high tunnel, spinach and other greens outside, and tomatoes in the greenhouse- there’s a lot growing.
For the gardeners out there, early planting can be an opportunity to glean an extra- early harvest through thinning. Thinning a crop- removing plants at a set spacing- allows more room between plants, creating a healthier plant and more robust fruit or vegetable. Some examples of commonly thinned vegetables are beets, carrots and greens, if you’re seeding them directly into the ground (think micro greens). Early thinnings a welcome treat for the gardner, a first harvest of the season’s bounty. So don’t leave your thinnings on the ground for the birds; it’s an early reward for your efforts!
Spring Energy Smoothie
Handful of washed beet thinnings
1/2 c frozen strawberries
1/4 c yogurt
1-2 T peanut butter
1 pkg. Emergen-C
1/2 c cold water