During the early months of the year, I plant frost-tolerant crops due to their ability to grow in colder climates. We are still getting frost in the mornings in West Paso Robles and will likely continue to get frost until late April. So far this season, I have planted lettuce, arugula, mustard, mizuna, radish, beets, peas, and kale. All these veggies have done well, and I am ready to harvest the first crops of 2022. Once we are clear of the frost, I can start planting summer crops like tomatoes, zinnias, squash, and sunflowers.
These past few months, I have also put a lot of work into our old fruit tree orchard on the property. This orchard is comprised of about 30 fruit trees; varieties include apple, cherry, plum, nectarine, peach, apricot, and pomegranate. The trees have been recently pruned, sprayed with copper to reduce the risk of peach leaf curl, and set up on an irrigation system. Keep an eye out for some fresh Halter Ranch fruit on the menu!