Thursday, May 30, 2019

Pepper Planting time!

Buy your Pepper Plants June 1st- June 8th!

 With cool ground temperatures we recommend waiting one more week to plant!

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! (Peppers don't thrive or produce well if planted too early.) We have gotten a good crop of peppers almost every year for the last 23 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.  We have many kinds of hot and sweet pepper plants including our very favorites that grow well at WeeBee Farms.

Hot Peppers
For hot peppers we are growing Early Jalapeno, Anaheim, Ancho/Poblano, Serrano, Bulgarian Carrot chile, Santaka Hot Asian and Shishitos.

Bulgarian Carrot Chile
One of our favorite hot peppers. It has a pleasant sweet, fruity flavor that complements the heat. A very productive pepper plant that grows only 18” high but may have 40-55 peppers per plant. The peppers are 3” long and good in eggs, salsa, pickling, marinades, hot sauces or for roasting and cooking. Go easy because they are very hot!
5,000–30,000 Scovilles
About 68 days to maturity
Shishito Peppers
Small 2-4”, mild Japanese pepper for roasting, pan-frying and grilling.
Thin walls blister and char easily when roasted or grilled, taking on rich flavor that is delicious with coarse salt and lemon juice. Not hot but the occasional fruit may display heat. Typicallyused green, but eventually turns orange and red with sweeter flavor. Prolific!
2ft high plants may be planted in containers
Days to Maturity: 55-60 days green • from Organic Seed

Sweet Peppers!
The Sweet Italian peppers are our favorites and we have a few varieties this year including Jimmy Nardello, Lipstick and Carmen.  King of the North is a good bell pepper that produces well and early.

Jimmy Nardello
Jimmy Nardello is a longtime favorite of ours for salads and veggie stir fries- most don't make it into the house because we snack on them in the garden.
Thin-walled 6-8" long. Good raw, in stir-fries and fried.
Brought to Connecticut from the village of Ruoti in the Basilicata region of southern Italy in 1887 by Jimmy Nardello’s mother.
Tall plants should be staked.
76 days to maturity (red) • From Organic Seed

Carmen Sweet Italian
  In our search for good organic pepper seeds we found this extra sweet one. These large red Italian peppers are super- sweet, and the plants are really productive. Use them for salads, stir-frying, stuffing, roasting and eating fresh off the vine. These are definitely worth growing. They are 5-6" long with thick walls. The plants are leafy which helps prevent sunscald on the peppers as they ripen.
30" high plants need staking.
Days To Maturity- 60 green; 80 red ripe
from Organic Seed

Lipstick- Sweet Italian
Sweet, juicy, and thick-fleshed, these 4" long, heart-shaped peppers are not only delicious in salads and salsas but are also great for roasting. Dependably productive even in areas with cooler summers.
Plants need staking.
Days To Maturity- 55 green; 75 red ripe
From Organic Seed

Friday, May 24, 2019

1) How to deal with gardening in our cold, wet Spring. 2) Creekfest will not affect our market this year

Yes it's been cold and wet, but not to worry. The hot weather plants can be planted in a few days and will have plenty of time to produce tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, zucchini, melon and all the summer veggies. We plant no sooner than June 1st EVERY year and get a bountiful harvest.

Or Buy Next Week, June 1st
WeeBee Farms will have a good selection on June 1st- and it will all be hardened off and ready to put in the ground next Saturday. Tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini a few cukes and LOTS of Peppers to choose from.
Of course lots of flowers for pollinators too.

Creekfest Update: We will have the entire street!! Yay!! We will not be displaced by Cotton Candy or Corn Dogs this year!!! Saturday morning at market during Creekfest is amazingly peaceful! Things don't get too hectic til Noon. Plan to park where we park- in the RTD lot at Canyon/ Walnut just diagonal from the market.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tomato and Pepper Plants

Plant your Tomatoes Late May to June 1st
(Peppers Next Week, Plant June 1-10!)
 We recommend planting around memorial day to June 1st. We have gotten fabulous tomatoes almost every year this way. If you plant earlier, be prepared to warm the soil first and protect them from the cold weather and cold soil. Also prepare to protect them during the first frosts in September.
Make sure your tomatoes are hardened off and ready for full sun and wind. Plant tomatoes in good soil, preferably with good organic compost mixed in. Fox Farms sells a good potting mix with compost to amend your soil with. Dig a deep planting hole and plant the tomato as deep as possible with the bottom leaves trimmed off.

Water the planting hole deeply before and after planting. Tomatoes should be watered regularly thereafter. Irregular watering promotes blossom-end rot. We fertilize our tomatoes at planting time with organic compost and not after that. Too much fertilizer can cause lots of leaf growth and not enough tomato production.

Tomatoes from WeeBee Farms • All from Organic seeds

      The All time Favorite at WeeBee Farms
EXCELLENT, sweet flavor! Has produced huge amounts every year at WeeBee Farms under all kinds of conditions. Medium to large tomatoes that are fabulous in salads and also our favorite for salsa-making.  An older French market tomato. Disease-resistant, and resistant to blossom-end rot. Open Pollinated.    75 days,  Indeterminate • Started from Organic Seeds

Paul Robeson
The most craved flavor at WeeBee Farms
This Russian heirloom tomato was named after the Musician who was an advocate of equal rights for Blacks. His artistry was admired world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union. This "black" beefsteak tomato is slightly flattened, round, and grows to 4-inches. Its deep, rich colors, a dusky, dark-red, with dark-green shoulders, and red flesh in its center. Very flavorful fruits with luscious,  earthy, exotic flavors and good acid/sweet balance. Has won MANY taste tests including at WeeBee Farms.
74 days, Indeterminate • Started from Organic Seeds