It is about time to get the greenhouse arranged so that the tomatoes can be planted out in a week's time. And every year you are faced with the same dilemma: there are still a lot of usable overwintering greens in the greenhouse soil that we have not yet eaten. The Mizuna has blossomed and will soon be finished, so here the hens can have a Prayer Day party. The spinach can be frozen, and the chickens can get the leftovers for dessert. The radishes can be eaten continuously as snacks and probably stay well in the fridge for a week - while the radish tops end up with the chickens if they can handle it.
But what remains are both ready-to-harvest lettuce heads and a few rows of spring onions, which still have a lot of development potential in them. Fortunately, you can replant things here. Even reasonably large lettuce plants can do it easily if the soil is first thoroughly watered so that you can get a large root ball. The spring onions have no problems with that at all - and you can even separate the small plants and give them a greater distance. It is best to find a place for the transplant which is a bit in partial shade, but if you water vigorously and maybe shade with dew for a few days, they can do it even if they are in full sun. The outer lettuce leaves may be a little loose, but the rest stays fine - and at least too fine to just end up as chicken feed.
Written by Peter Norris, April 29, 2018