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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Garlic Sprouting in November! What to do.

Garlic coming up in November?

If you planted garlic in mid-October, you may have some garlic sprouts or leaves starting to show now. This happens when we have a warm Fall. "Turban" type garlics like Tzan or Shantung Purple are especially likely to come up early.
Although it is not ideal to have it coming up now, it won't affect the garlic you harvest next summer very much.  I think the extra root growth that the garlic is developing helps compensate for the green leaves that will freeze and die back when the weather turns colder.
There isn't too much you can do about it. Just make sure your garlic doesn't dry out during this time. If you didn't do a big watering right after planting, do it now! When the ground is very dry as it is now, watering a LOT will help to soak it down deep to keep it from drying out in the winter when it is often dry and windy.
Mulching? Be aware that if you mulch, there are many, many cases of long-lasting herbicide residue in mulch, especially straw mulch. We do not mulch anymore at WeeBee Farms since our terrible experience with herbicide residue a few years ago. http://weebeefarms.blogspot.com/2013/10/warning-about-straw-mulch-manure.html
Frost Heave? Something else you may notice in the late winter is some garlic cloves showing on top of the soil, especially if you haven't mulched. This happens because of frost heaves. This, too is not something to worry about as the roots actually pull the garlic back into the ground!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

What garlic will we have Nov. 5th?

You may be surprised to see some BIG garlic on Saturday.
We have more big garlic than we have room to plant so some of it will be for sale for you to eat or plant. Also there are variety bags (5 kinds of garlic, color-coded to identify), some longer-storing garlic and many unusual and exotic types by the bulb and in bargain bags.
There is still time to plant garlic, and of course to stock up for Fall and Winter cooking.
If we sell out, this will be our last Boulder Market. Otherwise Nov. 12th will be the last.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cold weather WILL come... Cooking garlic and medicinal garlic available Saturday.

With the warm weather hanging on who is in the mood for cooking soups, stews and sauces?
We haven't had our usual rush of people buying garlic for cooking, so we still have plenty to sell. We all know the cold weather is around the corner and THEN we'll be wanting to make pumpkin soup, roasted veggies, stews &  breads.
Use our garlic for Cold and flu prevention- Shatili
We have Shatili- the most highly medicinal garlic this weekend! Press a clove, mix with honey for a VERY potent remedy.  (see the post on Medicinal garlic in the upper right "pages" section)
Shatili is also fabulous for making green chile, soups and stews.
We will be at market tomorrow (10/29) and next week (11/5).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We're still going strong! Planting garlic and long-storing garlic are still available

We will be at market on October 22nd and October 29th and still have many kinds of garlic including the long-storing types and some larger bulbs for planting. (Ask for our information sheet on how to plant, including the recommended hot-water soak)
Link to planting instructions: http://weebeefarms.blogspot.com/p/how-to-plant-garlic.html

Friday, October 14, 2016

Medicinal use of garlic- stock up for the cold and flu season!

Getting the Maximum Health Benefits of Garlic
The medicinally active compound in garlic (allicin) develops after you cut or press the garlic. Pressing it or crushing it activates the most allicin. After you press it, let it sit for 10 minutes before cooking. This gives you far more allicin. Eating garlic raw retains all of the allicin. Microwaving it for 30 seconds destroys 90% of the allicin.

I highly recommend the book "Eating on the Wild Side" by Jo Robinson. She describes how to get the most nutrients from your fruits and vegetables by selecting the best ones, the best storage techniques and the best preparation. Here are a few facts about garlic from her book:

• 3 cloves of garlic contain the same antibacterial activity as a standard dose of penicillin. (although eating isn't equivalent to injecting penicillin)
• quercetin found in onions and garlic was more effective than "Tamiflu" in test-tube studies for flu prevention
• garlic was 100% effective in blocking the growth of cancer tumors of the stomach, breast, prostate, kidneys and brain in a test-tube study
• Allicin is a powerful anti-cancer medicine and antibiotic and is a strong anti-oxidant

The "hot" taste of garlic is generated by "sulfer-based nutrients called thiosulfinates, which play a number of beneficial roles in our bodies, including fighting cancer and reducing the risk of artery-blocking blood clots. As is true in many other plant families, the more bite, the more benefits."1
Benefits increase with storage:
The longer you store your garlic, the hotter it gets and the more benefits it has, the allicin content can increase tenfold.
 Also see Garlic as a Prebiotic, and Much more info on our "page" in the top right corner of this blog. http://weebeefarms.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_30.html