Sunday 19 February 2012

Harvesting in January

Thanks to Denmark's position on the globe we know that the weather can vary a lot even on a daily basis. Yet it has been quite remarkable this year, so see such a large difference between the winter of 2010/2011 and the winter of 2011/2012.
Last winter was very long, we had record minus temperatures and with that lots of snow. This year winter - until now - has not offered a single day with frost. Such a difference in the weather does of course affect the plants on our farm.
Yesterday - 19 January - we harvested lettuce for the first time. Last year our initial harvest didn’t take place until the 25th March! It's a very big difference, which makes it quite impossible to plan production / harvesting of this - otherwise beautiful - crop. Lettuce seeds are sown at the end of September and grow at very low temperatures.
There is much lamb's lettuce grown in France, where it is harvested throughout the winter, but they benefit from being a little warmer than us here after all. The picture is Kestutis, who is about to collect the lettuce.


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