Friday, April 29, 2016

See you at market May 8th! Don't forget Salad Bowl Planters for Mother's Day!!!

The cool weather plants are thriving in this weather!!!  But, because of the snow, rain and wind we won't be there tomorrow April 30th, so gear up for gardening next weekend.
We will take good care of the plants until then. They are inside our "shade frames" which are like cold frames, but with just a shade cloth to protect them from the weight of the snow and the full sun on sunny days. These shade frames offer no protection from the cold, but the greens like this weather!


Lettuce and Bok Choy outside enjoying the weather near the shade frame

The greens are pretty happy inside the shade frame too



May 8th will still be a good time to plant all the cool weather plants, and we'll have a few of our famous "Latah" tomato plants. (Super-early tomatoes that are very juicy and flavorful.)
Don't forget to get your Salad Bowl Planter for Mother's Day weekend!!!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 23rd Market Update

We missed last market due to the cold, rainy, snowy forecast- I didn't think too many people would be gardening last weekend.
Now we have twice as many plants to sell this Saturday! They are all well-hardened off, as they were out in the cold and snow with just a shade cloth to protect them from wind and heavy snow.



It's still cool enough for all the cool weather plants to thrive!

-->We have 8 types of Kale, Broccolini (Broccoli Piracicaba), Rapini (broccoli raab), Colorful Red Mustards, Colorful lettuces (heat tolerant types), Komatsuna ("Japanese Spinach") Onion starts, bok choy, Pea starts, Salad bowl planters, Swiss Chard (3 colors), Collard greens, Cabbage, Garlic greens, arugula and more.

Friday, April 1, 2016

See you at Market!! Saturday April 2nd

We'll be there with cold weather veggie starts: Arugula, Asian Greens, Peas, Lettuce, Kale,  Bok Choy and Salad Bowl planters.

How to "Harden Off" your plants

Acclimating Your Plants before planting them in your garden

WeeBee Farms takes pride in selling you plants that are ready for planting today. However, during periods of extreme weather, we need to protect the plants in the greenhouse and they may need re-acclimated to the outdoors. Or you may have kept your plants indoors or in the shade for a few days and will need to harden them off yourself before planting.
Cold weather plants  (lettuce, kale, broccoli, peas, etc) Plant these in April!!!!!
Acclimating your plants to the outdoors is extremely important to their survival. Because plants usually are grown in greenhouses, they've been pampered. They need to be introduced slowly to the elements of wind and intense sun. The cold temperatures don't bother the plants as much as wind and sun. Once fully hardened off they can take quite a bit of snow, and cold down to 10 or 20 degrees.
Initially, you will put plants outdoors only for short periods of time, perhaps for an hour.  (If you see it wilting, put it back in the shade for a while). You'll want to set them in a semi-shaded area of the yard. Gradually, you will increase the time plants are kept outdoors; you also will gradually increase their exposure to sun. After 6 to 8 days, these plants will be ready for the outdoor life.
Do not cut back on watering. Plants that are in small pots dry out very quickly and need to be kept moist. Plants are also more susceptible to heat and cold in their small pots. Once in the ground, the soil will moderate the temperatures.
It's a good idea to transplant on a cloudy day or in the evening, when the plants won't get full exposure to the hot sun on their first day in the ground. Water the plants and planting hole deeply.
Hot Weather Plants  (Basil, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Squash, Beans)
We don't plant our tomatoes or basil out until May 31st, Peppers a week or two later. They will die at 32 degrees, and they do NOT like cold ground temperatures, especially peppers. We have been successful at growing tomatoes and peppers for 16 years. We are in Boulder County 10 miles north of Boulder. Boulderites may be able to get away with planting a week or so earlier.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

9 days til the first Farmer's Market!!

I am looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces on April 2nd! Lots of lettuce, kale and other cold weather plants are thriving in the greenhouse (despite losing electricity for a couple of days).

Onions, Swiss chard and kale

lettuce seedlings - "Freckles"
Swiss Chard and Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale seedlings
We plan to be at market on April 2nd assuming we can get some of the plants hardened off enough to sell by then.
This Wednesday we were just about ready to put down the drip lines since the garlic plots had dried out just enough from the March 17-18th snow, when the wind picked up and we decided to wait. Then we got about a foot of heavy wet snow, so it'll be a while now.



This is a little section of garlic in the (foreground) looking very scenic in the earlier snow. With the more recent (3/23) snow it is totally covered up. This will be good for the garlic in the long run, but will make laying down the drip lines trickier.
The garlic is looking exceptionally good due to the favorable winter (good snow cover, good moisture, cold temps, not too much wind). We will cross our fingers for no natural disasters (like the hail and flooding we had at our farm last June.)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The garlic came up right at the usual time- January 29th. Only the early garlic was up then (the Turbans like Tzan, Uzbek and Shantung Purple). Now the others are coming. German Extra Hardy, Chesnok Red and Inchelium Red are about a 1/2" high.

Tzan on February 24th
Uzbek Turban on Feb 24th



Photos are from February 24th

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Still some garlic left to buy!

We have bulbs and bargain bags of Persian Star- one of our most popular garlics. Also Inchelium Red -  mild, smooth and long-storing.  We've been giving out taste samples of the Inchelium Red at the last few markets and it seems like everyone loves it!
There are a few other miscellaneous garlic bulbs we'll have too.
     Although this has been a very challenging farming year the amount of support and goodwill we received at market has been wonderful and inspiring. Thank you all for visiting WeeBee Farms and buying our "not so pretty" garlic this year!!
The Boulder market will be going til November 21st, with the Winter Fair happening in early December.
        •Persian Star- Spicy, exotic, and very flavorful. Try on salads, in dips or in pesto. Great stir-fried with veggies! Slice thinly and serve on crackers. Also is versatile for all kinds of cooking from sauteing to sauces and soups. Originally from Uzbekistan. Stores to December. 
 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Selling Garlic tomorrow October 3rd and Saturday October 10th

Yes, we are starting to run out of garlic! There are lots of bargain bags and variety bags to choose from including some long-storing garlic. We also have some individual bulbs of Inchelium Red, Amethyst, Canadian, Shantung Purple and a few more. And some variety bags of planting garlic. New this week: Bogatyr (description below.) Next week we will have some Siberian garlic as well (strong and spicy!). If we don't sell out on the 10th we'll be back on Oct 17th.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

KGNU interview link

This morning KGNU was at the market doing a live broadcast. Robin Claire did an interview with me. If you'd like to hear it go to the archives from this morning (Saturday 9/26) during "Old Grass GNU Grass". It plays from 2:40 -2:46. Here's a link http://kgnu.org/shows.php
Robin did a nice job and it was fun.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Garlic Report, descriptions

We have 3 new types of garlic to sell this week: Canadian, Brown Tempest, and Amethyst. The descriptions and color codes are below.
Unfortunately we are out of the individual bulbs of Chesnok Red- but we do have lots of "Bargain bags" of it left for the next two weeks or so. The bargain bags have smaller, blemished or split garlic which we have a lot of this year thanks to hail and flooding and muddy fields. It still tastes great, but won't store quite as long if it is split.