Floating row cover, weighed down and made semi-transparent by water, is all that stands between fine young brassica greens and the scourge of the flea beetle. The cover is placed right after seeding, weighed down by rocks every 12.5' feet, briefly rolled back for weeding, and … [Read more...] about Greens, protected!
Checking in on the winter greens mini-experiment. These guys have been through six weeks of up and down weather, balmy days well above zero (reaching 60-70°F/15-20°C on a sunny day in the hoophouse) , and many extreme freezing nights. So, how did it all do? The Bloomsdale … [Read more...] about Winter greens: the long haul
Brassica greens in perfect, flea beetle hole-free shape, thanks to good weather and...floating row cover. Rochelle is cutting mizuna—in the pic, there's green and purple mustards, mizuna and tatsoi. Our extra focus on salad mixes this season continues to go over well, with a Mild … [Read more...] about Brassica greens galore
A pretty satisfying second installment of our "experimental" Weekly Harvest Share: "Like CSA, but one week at a time..."! Satisfying because, for the first time this season, harvest day felt kinda normal, with around 20 items harvested, enough variety to have to pick what went … [Read more...] about Weekly Harvest Share #2
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