Our first round of lettuces and greens in the solar high tunnel was successful. After all of the lettuce heads were harvested for the two Chatham dining halls, we needed to break down the compacted soil, so that we could plant new seedlings. To do this, we had to use a broad fork, which helped turn over the top layer of soil. The results? Nice, loosened soil ready to be planted!
We decided to plant rainbow chard, which sports brightly colored stalks and roots. Chard is a versatile leafy green and is part of the goosefoot family. Other members include beets and spinach. One of my favorite ways to use chard is in soups, so I am especially excited to have access to it during the winter.