My head has been full of garlic lately – garlic scapes, garlic bulbils, and currently we’re knee deep in garlic harvest – but the end of July also happens to be annual brassica seed harvest time! Last week, we pulled in a big Mizuna seed crop. Today, to celebrate the occasion we’ll talk brassicas, specifically … More Brassica Seed Harvest – Mizuna Time!
Last week, we harvested our first Brassica rapa seed crops of the year. As we start this year’s harvest, I have also been watching some of the remnants of previous years’s seed crops. Harvest The brassicas overwintered in a field tunnel and then flowered in April – a bit earlier than usual. I have been walking … More This Year’s First Seed Harvest and Volunteers from Previous Years
This year’s weather has been all over. Two weeks ago, it was downright chilly with a couple frosty nights. Not unusual for May but unexpected after balmy April. Last week, the temperature creeped into the high 20s (Celsius) – every day crops were noticeable bigger. And this week’s forecast has a high of 34C on Wednesday! … More Field Update: Some Cover Crops and a Garlic preview
A couple of days ago, I posted about the mild winter and the crops that unexpectedly overwintered in the field. Normally, we have to be tricky to keep biennials over the winter to produce seed. Today, I’ll talk about about one of those tricks – unheated tunnels. We seed greens in September and then cover them … More Spring is in full swing under a little plastic!
So you’ve planted a climate appropriate crop on an appropriate planting date and at an appropriate spacing; now you you get to sit back and wait for the plants to bolt and yield piles of seed like there is no tomorrow … don’t you??? Just like growing vegetables, growing seed means weeding weeding weeding. In … More Seeds and Weeds