Tuesday, November 4, 2014
In the Share - Week 29
RED LEAF LETTUCE
GREENS CHOICE Kale, Swiss Chard, Gai lan, or Bok Choy
ROOT MEDLEY Carrots, beets and Gold Ball turnips
CILANTRO OR DILL
NEXT WEEK: lettuces, greens, garlic, sweet potatoes, cabbage and bulb fennel.
November arrived with a cold snap that has all but ended the outdoor harvest season. What is left in the fields are hardy crops under heavy cover or in the high tunnel. High winds have made the row cover a challenge to keep on, but a calm day today allowed us to re-cover the lettuces, fennel and endives that remain in the fields. The high tunnel provides a much better cover for cold temps. and wind and we should be able to eat well for the next few weeks from inside the bubble.
This week the spinach, Hakurei turnips, radishes, herbs and many of the greens are coming out of the high tunnel.
The change in the weather also signals the garlic planting season. All 4800 cloves are in thanks to many hands. The fine folks from Milsap Farm in Springfield, MO couldn't have timed their visit better to get the job done. If you are ever down in their neck of the woods, tell them we sent you and count yourself lucky if you get there on a Thursday for their weekly wood-fired oven pizza nights.
The next step for the garlic is to mulch the entire planting with a good layer of straw which will protect the cloves over the winter and keep the plants happy through til harvest in June. This time of year we like to have enough help on CSA mornings to complete the harvest early and have time to get in some mulching. Last week the strawberries and over-wintering leeks got the treatment. This week it will hopefully be the garlic's turn. If you haven't completed your shifts for the season, come on out and join in the straw throwing.