I'll add some warm weather veggies to the top for those that don't eat in season- I'm about ready for some tomatoes myself...it's almost time to start them!
I've spotted a few aphids here and there, in the tunnel- a sign my soil needs the nitrogen washed through it- I've recently discovered that I need to be winter watering once per week to move it through the soil- even though I don't fertilize in winter there is residual nitrogen and the only way it gets moving through the soil is by rain (not gonna happen in a tunnel) and watering. Up to this point I've stopped watering come Nov. because it's not necessary. Now after reading up on my aphid sighting in one of Eliot Coleman's books, looking for a solution, I know now he started watering on sunny mornings all through winter, just to be sure there is no nitrogen build up- and then aphids. I don't know how I missed that bit of info reading his book the first time! Time to reread it. I choose to investigate the soil when there is an issue- everything starts with the soil- ends with it too ;). I also spotted a lady bug the other day- so hopefully she's taking care of business!
While out in the tunnel today I spotted a new arrival. Magenta Spreen self sowed, along with a bunch of pansy.
Fitting name for this edible green- the pink or magenta color in the middle comes off on your fingers and it's pink! I tried this food crop last year and it said to watch it carefully as it can become invasive- glad I spotted it now. I'm not sure I live this crop- the jury is still out, but it does add a little something different to my salad- something I'm always wanting to do since I eat them almost daily and year round.
Tessa (aka dirtdigger)