The garlic is planted

Thursday, we tilled the garden to mix in the mushroom compost that we spread last weekend.

Today, with the help of my parents, we got the garlic in the ground. We planted 5 lb french red shallots, 10 lb music, 5 lb CA late, and 2 lb German. As you can see, we didn’t quite use up all of the garden, so the buyers should have plenty of space.

Fall garlic

The Christian Farming Movement

I didn’t know there was such a thing, until a friend forwarded me this article.

I had noticed some individuals at markets who look like stereotypical Christian Homeschoolers, but around here I wouldn’t say they make up 80% of the consumer base.  But maybe I’m unfairly stereotyping.

Anyway, I think it’s a neat trend.  I don’t usually like trends, but this is one that I am glad we’ll be a part of.

Carrots!

I just figured out last fall that in my climate, spring carrots are far inferior to fall carrots.

I went out and dug some carrots today.

Of note about these carrots:

1. You CAN grow imperator-type carrots in clay soil, when there’s enough organic matter going on.

2. Unlike the nantes-types I’ve grown in the past, there’s no pulling these by the tops, not even after a soaking rain.  It’s the spading fork all the way else they break.

3. They handle being crowded better than some other types I’ve grown.  I only found a few that were spiraling around one another or forked.  I guess this is due to the really long straight shape.

4.  Either there were rocks or something in the soil, or else there were some off type seeds in the packet.  A few of these carrots looked like Thumbelinas.. definitely not like the others.

These were Mokums I think.  I haven’t pulled up any of the Little Fingers yet- it will be interesting to see how they compare.

Fall

We’re eating lots of lettuce and enormous radishes from the fall garden.  The greens have been pretty much obliterated by cabbage worms, and the carrots and beets are just now sizing up.  I picked one last half-bushel of tomatoes this week.  There are still a myriad of peppers to harvest.  Low temps are in the 40s now and so there’s not much garden time left.

I’ve been clearing out space for this fall’s load of mushroom compost, and then we can plant the garlic & shallots.  The seed garlic looks really good this year, the shallots not so much.  I want to get them in the ground soon before they rot any more.