Friday, September 27, 2013

WeeBee Farms is helping the Longmont Humane Society raise money

Sept. 28th Garlic Varieties available

For tomorrow (Sept. 28th) we have a good selection of Chesnok Red and Inchelium Red.  Very small quantities of Brown Tempest, Shantung Purple, German Extra Hardy and Shatili.

Chesnok Red!

We have lots of Chesnok Red garlic for eating and planting this Saturday. Chesnok Red is our all-time best seller because it's so flavorful and really stands out in cooking. It has won taste tests for best baked (roasted) garlic. It also keeps its good flavor through sauteeing. We've tested 50 garlics over the years for flavor, and Chesnok is the best for sauteeing- keeping it's delectable flavor, but getting milder and sweeter (as most garlics do) when sauteed.
It's also our favorite choice for roast lamb, marinating meats, adding to our canned salsa, pickles, long-cooked tomato sauce and soups. Chesnok Red is also very high in medicinal compounds so when a cold is coming on we press some and mix it with honey to take as medicine.  The bulbs will store until December.

Friday, September 13, 2013

No Market on Saturday due to flooding

The Boulder and Longmont markets are closed due to the major flooding in the area.

Friday, September 6, 2013

German Extra Hardy- Yum!

We'll have a good amount of German Extra Hardy for eating or planting. It gets its name from its cold-hardiness. This is my long-time favorite garlic for eating fresh. So good on salads, bruschetta, in guacamole, pesto,  hummous, Baba Ganouj and sliced very thin on crackers. For garlic bread, spread it on warm bread after you've mixed it with olive oil and butter. The flavor is super-garlicky, but not bitter. It's often mild, especially at the beginning of garlic season. Eat this one soon, because it's flavor gets hotter with age.


Caley's Lemon Cucumbers, ready for salad

Our son Caley is the "Cucumber Guy" he plants the seeds in pots, plants the seedlings in late May and helps harvest them every week. His favorite (and our family favorite) are the lemon cucumbers which he sometimes eats like an apple.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How To Plant Garlic

Plant garlic in mid-October up to Thanksgiving (earlier for high elevations.) The idea is for the roots to start growing in the warm soil while not having the tops grow. However some years the tops do come up in November and the garlic does fine anyhow.

Choosing Garlic to plant- Start with locally grown garlic, adapted to our environment. Garlic from California or China or other parts of the world may not grow well here. It also may have been treated with an anti-sprouting agent. Our bulbs average 8 plantable cloves per bulb. 10 bulbs would plant 80 heads. After your first crop, keep the best garlic to replant in your garden.

Site Selection and preparation- Choose a site with full sun and good access to water. Garlic is not too finicky about soil, but it will grow larger with good amended soil. Use organic amendments and/ or cover crops to enrich the soil 3-4 weeks before planting garlic. For fertility and soil health we plant cover crops from organic seed. The last crop is tilled in a month before planting. Our plots are rotated yearly, with cover crops grown on them in between planting years.