Red and orange peppers! It'd be nice if this was a normal sight, but with our short season and often as not inconsistent heat and sun—peppers love decent heat—peppers that fully turn color are fairly unusual in this market garden. Because they're more uncertain, I've tended to … [Read more...] about Peppers turn color!
Here's a fairly unusual heirloom tomato: Yellow Stuffer. The name pretty much says it all, it's an almost completely hollow tom, ready to be stuffed! As you can see, there are very few seeds in very little gel. I've grown these for a several years—this season, only maybe half a … [Read more...] about Yellow Stuffer, a tomato
There are thousands of the tomatoes in the field now, and this Black Seaman is just one of 'em, but a big, gnarly one that caught my eye. Didn't weigh it, but was probably close to 2 lbs (900 g), and grew in a complete circle. Interesting! Most of the fruit are regular beefsteak … [Read more...] about Big, ugly, quite tasty
Another successful carrot germination event, with trusty, open-pollinated, heirloom Touchon, and our latest refinement in cover. Although this landscape fabric looks like the stuff we started with last year, it's a heavier grade that doesn't tear and become useless after one or … [Read more...] about Carrot germination refinement continues
The star by far of the last planting of brassicas, that mostly didn't size up in time for market or CSA, is without at doubt this unusual Nero Di Toscana strap kale. This Italian heirloom, apparently from Tuscany, is hardly better looking than the cold-beaten rest of the … [Read more...] about In the cold garden