Snow Daze

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Winter finally arrived in Central Arkansas. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen several snow days and many snowmen (and women and children) in Conway. We’re happy to report our hoop houses endured the storms, and the veggies inside appear to be quite happy. Here’s hoping they can make it through a few more days of bitter cold temperatures.

Being stuck inside does have its perks. There’s been plenty of time to tend to our tomato, pepper, eggplant and various herb and flower seedlings. They’ll need hardening off soon. We’ve also made preparations to start a garden club for kids and have partnered with the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas to help plant and maintain their garden beds (now if we can only get outside to do it!).

The last full moon of winter occurs on March 5th. It will also be the smallest full moon of the year because it’s at its farthest point from Earth. Thus, it’s also referred to as a mini-moon. Cross-culturally, March’s full moon goes by a variety of names, including the Worm Moon, the Crow Moon and many others.

Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 8th. The forecast for that day is calling for beautiful weather, so the folks at the Urban Farm Project are going to celebrate by finally planting some onions, carrots, radishes, sugar snap peas and various greens. As March progresses, we hope to plant a few more things each week.

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for wintertime vegetables.

Until next time, happy gardening!

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