cool-season crops

Fall crops

It’s been a long time with no actual posts on the farm website. Time to change that!

After a hectic spring and summer season, we had a late start to our fall crop plantings, and despite some hard frosts and bits of rough weather, everything seems to be hanging in there and slowly progressing.

What’s in the field now includes: arugula, yellow radishes, salad turnips, carrots, lettuces, kales (Redbor, Winterbor, Siberian), collards, kohlrabi, bok choi, mustard, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts (green and red ones), herbs (oregano, thyme, parsley, sage) and potatoes.

Head of storage cabbage nearing harvest stage

We still have not installed our hoop house or even any caterpillar tunnels for this season. All field crops are grown in black fabric mulch and covered by Covertan row cover or a test fabric we’re experimenting via a collaboration with Luna Innovations.

Covertan Row Cover on the left; Luna test fabric on the right

The list of winter “to-do” projects includes the installation and completion of much needed infra-structure (high tunnel, caterpillar tunnels, completion of processing area) in addition to our usual crop planning for next season.  There is always something to do.

What were your favorite crops during the main season?  Do you have any favorite fall crops?  What chores are y’all up to?

Main crop carrots! Carrots are one of my favorite crops overall.

 

Sneak peek

Here’s a sneak peek under the row covers thanks to Atticus jumping through them!

Hopefully, you can make out what’s going on… 

 lettuces 

 greens 

 un-mulched area is germinating lettuces, turnips and more greens 

 green sprout is garlic (and a little rye sprouting from the straw) 

 green blades are garlic sprouts 

 this guy was under the plastic! Welcome to our garden!

Garlic and greens under cover

Not much is going on at the moment because of this:

 That’s what we got Wednesday night. Highly unlikely that our area is under drought conditions any more!

Aside from a row of carrots and oodles of potatoes that we are over wintering, here is all that’s happening so far for our fall prep: 

 – not a ton of stuff, but tucked in under those covers are our garlic cloves and a row of lettuces, greens, and turnips. 

Hopefully, we’ll have some drying of the soil and can resume raised bed construction.

Daikon

Still peeved that I let the frost damage so much of our gorgeous produce, I was excited to pull our first daikon radishes from the field this morning. I’ve never grown these…or eaten them before. The greens were nipped, but the radishes seemed OK.

Now I can see why these things are planted to loosen compacted soil! Gigantic.

Daikon and turnips

Daikon and turnips

Curious to see what these taste like.

Have any favorite recipes?