It was a little chilly today, but we were able to harvest some of our late fall greens. We have Romaine Lettuce and Pac Choi. We were also able to find some collard greens. Who would have guessed we would be harvesting greens in November?
Next week we hope to harvest the last of the greens. Then we can turn out focus to putting up another greenhouse and finish removing drip lines from the field.
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It is that time of the fall for planting garlic. The first order of business is cracking apart the garlic bulb. This is what you see in my hand to the right.
This particular variety of garlic is called Music. It is a Porcelin or “Hardneck” garlic. Hardneck coming from the the hard, almost pencil like stick that will grow up from the center of the new bulb. In order to plant the garlic we must first remove the white papery covering. Inside the garlic bulb will be individual garlic gloves. These cloves also have their own covering, but we don’t remove those to plant, only when we want to eat them. This coming year we will have 6 varieties of garlic for you to enjoy, all with their own unique zest, but still very much garlic.
The garlic we are cracking here is additional garlic that we purchased locally this year to expand our planting. Last year we planted about 13lbs of garlic. This year we are planting about 130lbs of garlic. In a good year we will get about a 600% to 700% yield over what we planted.
The garlic clove to your right is quite an over achiever. It is darn right huge. Music is know for large bulbs that can weigh almost a 1/3lb each. There we 6 of these cloves in the particular bulb I cracked.
It takes quite some time to crack open 130lbs of garlic. The kids and grandma have all been helping. Hopefully with the rain letting up over the last day we will be able to get into the field to plant. It is the last item we plant for the year. Garlic will also be the very first veggie to poke it’s new green shoots from the ground in the spring.
I will try and post a few more images and maybe a video of us planting this weekend. It is always interesting when you have kids ages 12-1 who all want to help.
2012 Honeybear Acorn Squash that we picked a few weeks back. They turned out well considering all of the hot dry weather we had. You are looking at a little over 1000 squash. This is about 1 and half of those large watermelon pallet bins that you see watermelon sitting in at the grocery store.
Tracy and the little kids spent a good part of the day picking each one by hand, putting it in a wheelbarrow and bringing it up to be washed. We then lay them on the grass to dry and cure for a few days. Each squash is hand harvested with a garden shears leaving maybe a 1″ handle. Just enough to seal the squash so decay does not get inside, yet not enough that they poke each other when placed in a bin.
Hopefully next year we will have four or five times this amount, if we have a market for it all, ha ha.
Took in 8lbs of collards and Chard, ten pounds of Kale. There are a lot more collards out there, but it got too hot to continue picking. Hot weather=limp greens.
15lbs of Beans. They are just getting started.
22lbs of patty pan squash
Almost 20lbs of cucumbers.
We also picked a few quarts of strawberries. One to bring to a friend at Church tomorrow who requested them. The new patch has some really nice berries coming. We need to weed again though. It seems like the weeding NEVER ends.
I got the first string up on all rows of tomatoes and the second string on a few. We run strings down each side of the rows of tomatoes and have T-Posts spaced every five plants. We wrap the string, which is just baler twine, around each T-Post. This keeps the plants growing up and off the ground. This makes picking a LOT easier and keeps the diseases to a minimum.
Tracy did a LOT of work today. She had a major sunburn across her low back area at the end of the day. I think she was trying to stay cool and forgot about her bare skin. She is REALLY sore.
More fun tomorrow. We have to get the rest of the peppers weeded and mulched. Then onto the winter squash. They need a really good weeding and mulch as well.
Ohh yea, mom let me know that the RASPBERRIES that we planted this year were delicious. She let me know that she ate all of them that were ready as she was pulling the grass that was popping up. I guess the weeder gets the spoils. Ha ha.