|I got a new toy! Lego Farm!!!|
|Turnips and Carrots|
We had our first frost this week on Thursday night so that day I harvested all of the peppers off the plants. The frost killed the plants so no more peppers until next summer.
Production and Distribution
Don't these turnips look lovely!
|Row of Turnips, three varieties|
|Washing root veggies|
|Carrots and Hakurei Turnips|
|Sneak Peak at The Heights renovation pre-construction,|
happening in the barn at the farm
Cultivation and Maintenance
I mentioned the first frost... well, it was right on schedule. Our frost date in Southern Maryland was October 21st and it came on the 24th. Actually, we even got a bit of frost on the 23rd when the weather reports predicted upper 30s. I think have figured out that our micro-climate at the farm has us as much as 6 degrees cooler than La Plata itself.
With the cold weather coming now I spent a little time winterizing a few things. That floating row cover on the right is protecting some lettuce and the straw I spread over the newly planted garlic and the baby strawberry plants. Because it can get pretty windy on the hill I stretched the netting I bought for the cicadas over the straw to hold it in place. On the garlic I weighed it down with some big rocks from the new field. On the Strawberries I used fiberglass poles to hold it in place. This is the third job this netting has done. First it protected the orchard from cicadas, second it protected the blueberries from birds, now this and it's got years of life left in it.
Gayle and I planted the Garlic on Monday. It won't be a lot this year, just 16 ounces of soft neck, 8 ounces of hardneck and 40 ounces of elephant garlic. We also planted an ounce of perennial Egyptian Walking Onions.
Here are a few helpful diagrams that show the difference between hard and soft neck garlic...
|Prepping Garlic to plant|
When you plant garlic what you are planting is the clove. Each clove will produce a new bulb. You separate the cloves being careful to leave their papery skin attached. This helps to protect them from disease and rot.
|6" Spacing on the regular Garlic, 9" on the Elephant Garlic|
|Blackened Tilapia with Butternut Squash Puree|
and Watermelon Radishes from the farm at Grillfish
|Katie and I enjoying dinner at Logan Tavern|
with my camera shy brother-in-law
|My sister Katie showing off the farm salad at|
Logan Tavern featuring my Arugula.
It wasn't just the people eating well this week. Tilford aparently loves raw root vegetables and was chowing down on all of the split radishes that I discarded and even a carrot that I inadvertently dropped while washing. Perhaps strangest of all he went after the Watermelon Radish roots that I had cut off and was intending to compost. He even taught Puddy how tasty they are and the two of them must have eaten a half a pound of radish roots between them.
|These are the roots they were eating|
|Puddy chowing down on radish roots|
Once Tilford got a hold of that carrot I figured I had better make him work for it. This is one of his better tricks....
|Stay. Stay. Stay. Ok, carrot!|