Onion Harvest Starts with the Walla Walla Onions

Ken has begun harvesting onions.  He pulled the Walla Walla Sweet onions and set them to dry.  Then He loaded them up and brought them to the drying racks.  I helped him set them on the racks to cure. Walla Walla sweet onions is a variety from Walla Walla, Washington.  They are juicy and sweet, but don’t keep much past Halloween.  Every year when I start to use them in the kitchen, Ken accuses me …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has greens, bok choy, cukes and zukes, potatoes, peppers, beans, beets or carrots, onions, garlic, parsley and the first of the basil Field Notes.  The garden tour was Sunday.  It always marks a turning point in the summer for us.  The crops look good.  The days are starting to seem shorter.  Ken can take a deep breath and prepare for the rest of the season Ken is …

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Harvesting Garlic and Potato Onions

Ken harvested the garlic and potato onions around the rain – he lets them dry in the field for a day or two and then loads them and brings them to the racks.      Potato onions are an interesting onion that is planted from the onions themselves rather than seed,  As they grow they form clumps.  Potato onions are larger than shallots and taste halfway between onions and shallots.  They are our best keepers …

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Lettuce Saga this Season

Most years we have lettuce available in plentiful quantities from April through October or Thanksgiving.  This year has been different.           Ken has planted lettuce as he usually does – each week or ten days.  There have been several mishaps this year.            The deer got past Oscar one night and ate the hearts out of most of one crop.  Another bolted and melted down in the …

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Buddha in the Buckwheat – Green Manures Take off in Perennial Project

As part of the perennial project Ken prepared the soil to plant green manures           We planted several seeds – wheat, oats, beans, peas, flowers, and buckwheat.              The buckwheat really came up quickly and is nearly ready to bloom

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Day lilies Made the Move – Perennial Project Continues

Ken and I tackled moving the perennial flowers from the weedy bed this spring.  First Ken pastured the hens, then we moved flowers, then the pigs dug out the bulk or the weeds.  After moving the pigs, Ken ran the tractor and a cultivator through and we planted green manures.  Right now the buckwheat is taking hold with the other seeds coming up – peas, oats, beans, wheat, and other old seed. The day lilies …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, beets, bok choy, green onions, celery, cukes and zucchini, snap peas, and green beans. Field Notes.  The hot weather crops are starting to produce!  People are asking for them, but with the beautiful cool nights we have had they are a bit slower to ripen than most years.  We usually have a couple red tomatoes by July 4th, but they are just …

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Perennial Project

The day lilies are blooming.  Ken, with some help from me, tackled the perennial flower bed that had gone to weeds.  He dug, I split and he planted flowers across the drive in an area he had prepared last year. Then the chickens and pigs were fenced in the former flower garden.  Chickens worked on weed seeds and pigs dug up grass and other noxious weeds Then Ken cultivated and planted green manures.    The …

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Coming Soon – Farm Tour – Reserve your Spot!

 Farm Tour!  Less than a week away.  Sunday July 24th, 2 – 4 p.m. Rain or Shine  Tour the growing spaces – garden fields, greenhouses and we wrap it all up with a garden lunch.     Tips – from asparagus to zucchini – compost, tomatoes, etc. See ideas grown over the decades like  a cuke fence to tying up tomatoes Planning on attending?  Let us know so Judith knows how much food to prepare …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, Carrots, snap peas, herbs, green onions, the first of the potatoes, beans, and green top Walla Walla onions Field Notes.  The key words for the week are green manures and mulch!  Ken is nearly done mulching.  And he has green manures coming up all over – field to the former flower garden!   Last weekend Ken traveled to the Mother Earth News …

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