Friday, December 30, 2016

Two December Harvests

We have had two December harvests that have been supplying greens for salads, juicing and braising. I would say that the experiment this year in growing celery was a success and works well in salads and for juicing. The stalks are not as big as store -bought celery, but that may have something to do our struggles with tree roots.

I covered some of the greens with burlap or Agribon and that was enough to get them along this far. One frame containing several kale will be covered with plastic to protect against the deep of winter for an early spring harvest.

I managed to build one of the new frames that is really just a big container, but it will prevent the tree roots from invading and will provide a large surface for succession planting various greens.

By the time I was ready to move the fish, the pond had frozen over, so I am going to have to keep a hole in the ice for oxygen until spring and hope for the best.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Late November update

The last four cherry tomatoes that I picked several weeks ago finally ripened up and were enjoyed in a quinoa salad last night. We haven't had a killing frost and subsequently are still enjoying greens from the garden. I haven't found the time to build the new garden frame and transplant everything that will be overwintering. With luck, that will happen this weekend and we will continue harvesting into January. I am also hoping to move the fish indoors this weekend.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Onions and Garlic planted

I finished planting onions and garlic this weekend (as well as transplanting strawberries). I covered them with a thick fluffy layer of leaves and Agribon fabric over hoops. This should give them a head start next spring. It was somehow satisfying to dig the 30" wide beds and then plant the sets in rows. It made me think that some of my problems over the years with getting good size root vegetables was simply that the square foot method encourages planting them too closely together.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Autumn reflections

We are having an amazingly mild autumn, I haven't seen any frost yet and we are approaching the middle of November. Last weekend I transplanted all of the strawberries from the garden frames back down to our property in the Southtowns. I am planning to grow a nice big patch of strawberries there next year as well as onions, garlic and potatoes.

The garden frames up north are still full of kale, celery, parsley, choi, lettuce and chard.

My experience with the tree roots invading my garden beds this year caused me to reflect on how much I may have been affected by them in various locations in the past. I am beginning to think that placing a root barrier around any garden within 50' of a tree is essential for maximum long-term production. This may be the inspiration that I need to rent a trencher to run electric and water out to the Southtowns gardens as well as place a root barrier around everything.

10/15 harvest and garden photo

Tree roots that were invading the cabbage frame