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