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All of our winter crops are doing very well. Looking ahead to spring, the unusually dry weather we're experiencing has given us a jump start on ground preparations -- I can’t remember the last time we were ripping ground this time of year. But, although this dry weather has us more prepared than usual in face of the new growing season ahead, some rain would certainly be welcomed here in California!

As always, if you have any crop-related questions for us, please select the email link below. -Ian Teresi

I have been gathering seed for both our Organic and Conventional Pepper crops, and will be delivering that seed to the greenhouse this week.

Most of our transplants need 55 days in the greenhouse before they are ready to plant. I will be spending a lot of time in these greenhouses monitoring the growth of the plants.

Thus far, both Conventional and Organic Garlic are looking very good. With the nice weather we’ve been experiencing, we were able to get some much needed fertilizer to the conventional fields.

And, the Organic Garlic looks great this year. The new flame weeder we implemented has kept some of the fields cleaner than the conventional ones, and I'm very optimistic about this year's crop!

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Leeks are looking good. They are an unusual crop to monitor due to their funny growth spurts. Once planted, they grow very slowly for the first 6 weeks or so. Then, in literally a matter of a week, they shoot up 6 to 8 inches. They continue this pattern throughout their growing season.

The Strawberries are growing quickly! The plants already have two to three blossoms apiece, which should translate into a mid-March first harvest!

Bushberries are dormant in the winter. Those once beautiful rows of sun-ripened fruit, reminiscent of a vineyard, look like dead sticks sticking out of the ground this time of year. We have cultivated between the rows, however, and will be planting an early spring cover crop.

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