Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Garlic Update- Harvest has begun!

The early "Turban" garlics were harvested 6/15, and now we are starting into the main harvest about a week earlier than usual. Some of the Turbans were small or had only formed "rounds" (no cloves) due to cold-stress in the Spring. But many were decent size.
"Shantung" garlic harvested 6/15



Notice the bottom leaves have fallen off. All in all half the leaves were brown and the stems were starting to fall over on this semi-hardneck type.


Today we harvested the German Extra Hardy with the bottom 4-5 leaves having turned brown (out of 9 leaves total). It looks great!! The Inchelium Red will be harvested next.


One of our two fields on June 15




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Garlic Scapes For Sale!!!

Scapes ("Garlic Curlies") will be at market at WeeBee Farms June 17th and June 24th


How to use cooked: Put in your eggs, beans, potatoes, pasta, soup, stir fry, burrito.  Sautee for a minute, add salt and serve as your pasta topping. You may want to cut off the bottom part if it is tough, and the tip. You can use the flower part in your food if you like. They are great grilled whole too!
How to use raw: Slice thinly and add to a green salad, potato salad, hummous, tabouli, tuna salad, dips.
Make pesto (puree with olive oil and salt) and spread on bread, sandwiches, pizza crust.
For more ideas go to http://www.dailycamera.com/garlic-scapes
Scapes will store for 2 months in the fridge in a plastic bag!!
We will have generous bags for $1.50 (or $1.25 if you bring your own bag). 
We'll also have some cucumber and squash plants, flower starts and a few other plants for your garden. 
If you grow your own- Here's how to harvest Your Scapes- (Hardnecks only) Clip or break the central seed stalk when they make a loop, or shortly afterwards (usually in June.) Taking the scapes off will give you larger bulbs. (However your bulbs will store longer if you keep the scape on.) Eat the scapes! Harvest time comes about 3 weeks after scapes. Stay tuned for a post on when to harvest garlic (or search posts from previous years)
Scapes of all shapes!


A graceful scape...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Buy your Pepper Plants on June 3rd!

Peppers for sale May 27th- Lots more on June 3rd. With cool temperatures we recommend waiting one more week!

Sweet Peppers Hot Peppers!
It's finally getting close to time to plant peppers!  We will plant ours around June 10th (they can often go in a bit earlier in Boulder). They do NOT like cool ground temperatures! (The peppers just don't thrive or produce well if planted too early.) We have gotten a good crop of peppers every year for the last 22 years with the late planting strategy. Some will have to be covered when we get the first frost in September or October. Most of the green ones will turn red by September, some in August.

Hot Peppers! Sweet Peppers 
 We have many kinds of hot and sweet peppers including our very favorites that grow well at WeeBee Farms.  For hot peppers we are growing Early Jalapeno, Anaheim, Serrano, Bulgarian Carrot chile, Santaka hot Asian. Fatalii and Shishitos are available too- see below. The Sweet Italians are our favorites and we have Oranos, Belcanto and Jimmy Nardello. Also look for Lunchbox mini sweet peppers . These are all varieties that we have grown here and have produced well for us. 
(http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-seeds-Shishito-Pepper.html)
                                        Fatalii Pepper is Fiery Hot-
Fatalii pepper
Fatalii is a type of habanero, but matures a bit earlier. (Habaneros usually don't grow well here since the season isn't long enough) http://sustainableseedco.com/heirloom-vegetable-seeds/pe-t/pepper-heirloom-seeds/hot-peppers/fatalii-pepper-seeds.html

Belcanto Sweet Italian- A favorite sweet pepper in our gardens for 5 years.  In our search for good organic pepper seeds we found this one that turned out to be amazing. These huge red Italian peppers taste SO sweet, and the plants are really productive! We got lots of these last year and used them for salads, stir-frying, stuffing and eating fresh off the vine. These are definitely worth growing. The Oranos is the orange version of the same pepper. It's just as good and gorgeous in salads. (The Belcanto are almost identical to the "Atris" pepper we sold in the past.)


Belcanto Sweet Italian
The only ones we could not find organic seeds for are the Serrano, Santaka Hot Asian and Bulgarian Carrot Chiles. The rest are grown from Certified Organic seed.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Saturday May 6th- come get your garden started!

Look for our Pollinator friendly flowers! Sunflowers, licorice "mint",  poppies, hummingbird mixes and Honey bee mixes and colorful dwarf jewel and "fiesta" nasturtiums. As beekeepers we make sure that all of the flowers are 100% safe for pollinators. From organic seed, soil mix, compost.
For your veggie garden: Broccolini, greens, lettuces, kale bok choy, mustard greens, arugula, cilantro, swiss chard and Salad Bowl planters!
Tomatoes and Basil Next week through June 1st is the right time to plant basil and tomatoes. We will have super -healthy plants at the right time for planting. All from Organic seed. See descriptions listed under "Pages" at the top left of this page.
Peppers! We will have lots in 2 weeks. Plant June 1 thru June 10th. 95% from organic seed.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Plants for Sale starting April 15th!

The cold weather plants will be for sale soon! Come see us for your garden plants on Saturday April 15th.

We will have a palate of colorful and Colorado-friendly lettuces, several kinds of our favorite kales, arugula, purple mizuna (tasty and colorful mustard greens) for salads, broccoli, parsley, baby carrots and a lot more.

Everything will be fully hardened off and ready for the outdoors and has been tested in WeeBee Farms' gardens for 20 years.

April snow and cold spells can seem harsh to us, but these cool-weather plants like it far better than the hot May weather that usually follows!!

Salad bowl planters are a good way to get a jump on the season and eat fresh salad greens a month earlier.
Later we'll be offering hot weather plants- but don't jump the gun- June 1st is the best day to plant tomato plants outside. We do it every year and have never failed to get a bountiful crop!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time to water your garlic!

The garlic came up in the first week of February- pretty much right on time! We have been watering the garlic in the past few days using a sprinkler for about 3 hours per "station". This is the time to take off mulch if you haven't already. You can take it off little by little if it is a deep mulch. We don't mulch anymore and the garlic seems to do fine without it. Let's hope that some snow cover and some more seasonal temperatures are coming soon!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Over the years I have taken a lot of photos around the farm and around Boulder County. Some bees, hummingbird moths and other creatures and a lot of scenery.
My friend Eva Maier from Cedar Art Studios has invited me to exhibit some photos at her Studio on First Friday February 3rd.



Come visit me at my very first art exhibit! I am working on a photo art blog, and it is very rudimentary so far, but take a look if you'd like. Here's a link: 




Friday, November 18, 2016

We'll be at the Longmont Market 8-1 tomorrow.

Come visit Longmont for the last of the garlic that we have to sell this year! There are several kinds including Chesnok Red, Lithuanian Purple and some larger heads of Persian Star. Also bargain bags of separated cloves left over from planting, a few variety bags and some planting garlic. (It's not too late!)
The garlic that we planted during the last 2 weeks is snug in the ground now, under a nice layer of snow. I planted the two main fields, but have one small area to plant this week. I often plant some on Thanksgiving morning- a tradition at WeeBee Farms.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Not at Boulder Market anymore

Although we will miss being at the market- we are busy planting next years' crop. There is a little garlic left to sell, and we may be at the final Longmont market on the 19th.
Have a great Winter- I will miss all of you!
Karen