Friday, July 4, 2014

We are in the middle of Garlic Harvest! Won't be at Market til August 2nd

The garlic looks mostly fabulous and large this year! The moist soil from September's big rain, and the moist winter helped the garlic tremendously. There are a few hitches - some garlic nematode that causes rot- but it only ruined about 1% of the garlic. There's always something!
We will be back selling garlic on August 2nd. Or maybe a week earlier or later. Check back for postings on our progress!
the early harvest drying

A big Inchelium Red

Shantung Purple

The Chesnok Red will be ready to harvest in about 5 days

Using the tractor harvester makes it a lot easier- but there's still a lot to dig!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When do I harvest my garlic?

Quick answer: When half the leaves are brown.
Harvest- Dig up when half of the leaves are brown (including the bottom leaves which have fallen off), usually June 25- July 10 for me. "Turban" garlics such as Tzan and Shantung Purple are usually ready 3 weeks before the rest (June 15 or so). 
When harvesting, remove the biggest chunks of dirt from the garlic by giving a gentle twist to the dirt clump. I leave on the roots and stems. After harvest shade immediately. Hang or put on ventilated shelves for 3 weeks to “cure” with stems on. They must have good air circulation and shade.
How To Store- Clip off the stems after they are cured. Store at room temperature or cooler, out of direct sunlight. Cool basements and garages can work well for storage. The bulbs need air circulation, but storing in paper bags is recommended for long-term storage to keep them from drying out too much. Many people have luck storing in the fridge in paper bags. Hardnecks generally store up to 5 months. Softnecks up to 9 months. Turbans stay firm til December or January, but send up random sprouts starting in November (still great to eat).
Garlic that has been in the ground too long will start to lose the skins and will not store as long but is otherwise fine.
Cleaning-  After curing just rub off the dirt, and maybe one layer of dirty outside skin and they will look gorgeous.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Garlic "Curls" are here!

We will have lots and lots of garlic "curlies" (scapes) for sale tomorrow! Come get them while we have them. They store for several weeks in the fridge in a plastic bag. (Bring your own bag for a discount)
• Chop and add to cooked beans, chili, eggs, omelets, quiche, soups, stir fry, tomato sauce and veggies.
• Chop and sautee in olive oil for a minute. Serve generous amounts over pasta or veggie dishes
• Chop fine and eat raw in cold salads, potato salad, tuna or salmon salad, hummous, tabouli
• Roast on the grill whole with a little olive oil and salt 
You can use the whole thing including the blossom, maybe slicing off part of the tougher ends.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Time to put your lettuce and salad bowls in the shade!

Salad bowls and lettuces love cool weather and it's time to get them in the shade! This will help them last longer and taste crispier.
Reminder for next year- the best time to plant lettuce or buy a salad bowl is in April! Yes- they'll freeze and get smashed by snow-  but they'll bounce back nicely and produce more than lettuce planted later!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Creekfest Weekend!! Come Early for plants! Look for us South of the usual spot.

From 8am to 10:30 or so will be a peaceful shopping experience at the Farmer's Market. Park at the RTD lot at 14th St (from Canyon go north on 14th, enter from Walnut).
WeeBee Farms will have a huge selection of plants from kale to tomatoes. It should be a good gardening weekend.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Weekend- SALAD BOWLS!

Salad Bowls!
 We'll have lots and lots of "Salad Bowl" planters to choose from. A great gift idea! Also 8 different types of kale, broccoli, chard, collards, lettuces, peas, kitty oats, onions, chives, parsley, mustard greens, and more! You can plant all of these cool weather plants out now, they will withstand cold temps to 15 degrees.
Tomatoes - We'll have several types to choose from. Semi- hardened off for planting early next week. We don't plant out our tomatoes until May 31st (for Boulder May 20th is usually good)

Peppers get planted in early June. (end of May is usually OK for Boulder) They grow better that way!! Never plant them before the ground is sufficiently warm. Cooler temps promote fungal growth and stress for peppers, and they don't usually recover well. We have had great success growing peppers over the past 20 years. We harvest lots in August, then cover them up during the first frost in September and get many more to mid-October. We'll have some to sell starting May 24th. Beautiful plants, started from Organic seed, grown with our own special organic soil mix.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tomato varieties

Starting a couple years ago we transitioned to all-organic tomato seeds for our starts, and have tried lots of new varieties.
Carmello
              Started from Organic Seeds
      The All time Favorite at WeeBee Farms
EXCELLENT, sweet flavor! Has produced huge amounts every year at WeeBee Farms under all kinds of conditions. Medium to large tomatoes that are fabulous in salads and also our favorite for salsa-making.  An older French market tomato. Disease-resistant, and resistant to blossom-end rot. Open Pollinated Organic Seeds.
75 days,  Indeterminate


 Latah
    Started from Organic Seed
Favorite Early Tomato at WeeBee Farms
Developed at Latah County at the University of Idaho . Very early bright red tomato that average about 2 inches across. The flavor is very good and better than many of the super early varieties, although it doesn't produce heavily. Indeterminate, regular leaf foliage. Light, airy foliage, small plant.
50 Days to maturity. Good for Containers

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

First Market on Saturday, April 5th

Come say hi and check out our cool-weather plants. We'll have onions, leeks, chives, lettuces and a few different types of kale. Also a few salad bowls...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tips for growing cold weather greens and Salad Bowls

Our "salad bowl" planters are ready to put on your deck or porch. Here are some quick tips.
Buy one before Mid-May, as they love cold weather and won't be bothered by frost, but do not do well in heat. Harvest about half of each plant when the plant is around 6" high or so. Lettuce will be fairly long-lasting if you keep using it. Harvest often, by pinching off outer, bigger leaves.
Here are a few veggies that may be in your bowl:
  • Mustard (Osaka purple, mizuna or komatsuna, ruby streaks): short-lived, eat leaves while small.
  • Kale and chard: eat leaves while small, do not let it get big or it will take over the whole bowl.
  • Spinach or Arugula: short-lived, eat small young leaves.
  • Chives: a long-lived perennial. Harvest by clipping or pinching. Replant outdoors when bowl is done.
  • Garlic Greens (sometimes marked by a stick if they haven't come up yet) Pinch off leaves and use in salads or with rice, eggs, stirfries, soup, etc. Bulbs will be tiny and not fully formed- not worth waiting for.
  • Italian Red Bunching Onions - eat green part, or wait and use little bulbs like scallions
Keep the bowl well-watered in a place where it gets at least a half day of sun. It will probably be finished growing in June. Bowls can be re-used for years or returned to us.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The early garlics (Tzan, Shantung, Uzbek Turban) are getting huge! Seems like they grew a couple of inches last week...

 Now it's time to do some weeding and then put on the drip lines
Persian Star garlic is still small.

A garlic admirer