Today I dug a little bit of garlic for this weekends markets. I will be digging the rest of my garlic over the next couple weeks. Fresh dug garlic is wonderful, since it has not yet been dried it will not store for long (unless you dry them), but it is the juiciest garlic you will ever taste!
Romanian Red Garlic and Georgia Fire Garlic
And here are a few more pictures that I took from around the farm.
I have not done a post in a while, since I have been so busy, so I figured I would post some pictures of what we have growing right now. Unfortunately the weather this spring has not quite be cooperating with us. It has been too cold, and I have not been able to get much in the ground since the soil has been staying wet. It makes me feel really behind. I was able to get my lettuce, spinach, carrots, onion sets, and a few other things in, all of which are looking pretty good. I am hoping after this weekend to be able to get some major planting done, we will see how it goes.
A bunch of my plants under lights in my basement, mostly peppers, tomatoes, and a few herbs.
My garlic growing out at the farm.
Dahlias, some herbs, some tomatoes, and celery, in my hoophouse.
A couple pallets full of kohlrabi, cabbage, and kale, waiting for the ground to dry out so they can get planted.
Just figured that I would let everyone know where we will be selling the next few months. We are going to have probably 4 more shows coming up, and then in June we will be starting our farmers markets!
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - Downtown Wadsworth Spring Craft & Herb Festival
Downtown Wadsworth, Ohio
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Spring Craft Show, St. Mary's Polish National Catholic Church
5375 Broadview Road, Parma, Ohio 44134
Our Farmers Markets:
Valley City Farmers Market
Saturdays 9a.m. to 12p.m.
Starting again the First Saturday in June 2016
Can not wait to see everyone again in June!
Located at Liverpool Township Depot, 6615 Center Road
Valley City, Ohio
Brunswick Farmers Market Sundays 11a.m. to 2p.m. Starting again June 12th 2016
Can not wait to see everyone again in June! Located at Brunswick Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road
Brunswick, Ohio 44212
****We may also be attending a few events this year during the summer, and may be adding another farmers market during the week. Check back at our Where We Sell Page for updates.****
Since I spend most of the day today dividing and potting up dahlia tubers, I figured I would do a post on how to divide up dahlia tubers, so here it is.
How to Divide Dahlia Tubers
I find it best to divide the dahlia tubers in the spring just before planting, at this time the eyes will be more visible than in the fall, making it much easier to divide, especially if you are a beginner.
Dividing the tubers is important, if you keep planting the tubers outside every year without dividing it will become a “root bound” mess. Just picture trying to grow a large plant in a little pot, when you remove it from the pot and look at the roots it becomes way to overcrowded and root bound. Dahlia tubers can do the same kind of thing. If you do not divide them the tubers can become very congested, and run out of room to grow.
When dividing the tubers you have to make sure that for every root you have an eye, if you just cut off the root it will not grow. For beginners it may be easier to just cut the clump in half or three pieces, until it becomes easier to tell where the eyes are and what they look like. Just be sure that every clump has at least one eye. This is what I did when I first started saving dahlia tubers, and slowly every year I was able to cut them up better and better, till finally I could divide the tubers up so almost every root has an eye.
Below: The first photo shows the some visible and still dormant eyes the second photo shows where you could cut in order to have an eye at least one eye for each tuber. The cuts from this photo would give you 4 separate tubers to plant.
So today I spent most of my day in my hoophouse dividing and potting up some of my dahlias. I would say I probably got about 1/3 of them potted up. I probably have 2 or 3 more days of potting up dahlias to go. Unfortunately I will not be able to pot up anymore until I know that the weather will be a little warmer. All the dahlias that I potted up today I have in my basement, due to the weather this week it just seems too risky to keep my dahlias out in my hoophouse, since I do not want them to rot or freeze.
The dahlias that I potted up today.
The plants that I currently have in my basement.
The dahlias that I potted up today are: Kelvin Floodlight, Elks Jack Sparrow, Santa Claus, Mr. Optimist, Firebird, Hakayou, Patches, Black Satin, American Beauty, Magically Dun, Sky Angel, and a couple of other ones that I do not know what the names are.
Seed starting time is finally starting to get into full swing. Yesterday I finally got around to starting my first round of hot pepper seeds. In about a week I will be starting the next round of pepper seeds, those will be sweet peppers. I can only start so many flats at a time because in order to get a good germination they need to be nice and warm. As you can see in the below picture one of my seed starting racks I have covered in plastic, the plastic keeps the heat, that the lights give off, inside with my plants. It can be between 15 and 20 degrees warmer inside the plastic than it is in the rest of my basement.
Whenever I start seeds I try to keep the newly planted, not yet sprouted flats on the top two shelves of my this stand, these are the warmest shelves, heat rises. Once they sprout I can then move them down to the lower shelves. After the seedling get a little bit larger I can then move them to one of the lights outside my plastic covered shelf. Since I only have room to start 8 flats of seeds at a time I have to plant my seeds in rounds.
So yesterday I started 3 flats of hot peppers, one flat of rhubarb, and a flat of cabbage and kohlrabi.
A flat of mixed herbs (oregano, thyme, marjoram, peppermint, and some others) and a flat of celery, both were planted around 2 weeks ago.
Whenever I start some seeds I keep track of all important dates, and information. Here is my clipboard where I write down the plant, if I started it inside or outside, date started, date sprouted, date transplanted inside, date transplanted outside, date harvested, and date finished.
This Saturday (March 5th) we will finally be attending our first show of 2016! We should be attending a show almost every weekend until our markets start in June. So check back here to see where else we will be selling in the upcoming months (just go to our WHERE WE SELL page). Also during the summer we are thinking about selling a another one or two farmers markets, I will keep everyone updated with any new information.
Here are the craft shows that we will be attending this month:
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - Spring Craftacular, Our Savior's Rocky River Lutheran Church,
I spent most of the day today in the kitchen, and I just thought I would share with everyone what I made today and some pictures. We made three different kinds of pierogies, and some mini personal size apple strudels. This is the second day that we have spent making pierogies, have to freeze as much as I can and stock up for the summer. Then once everything was done I cooked up a dinner with our homemade pierogies and trout that we just caught the other day ice fishing. You can not get much better than that!
Pierogies and Mini Apple Strudels
Baby Apple Strudels
Potato and Cheddar Cheese Pierogies, Creamed Corn Pierogies, Potato, Garlic Pesto, and Sour Cream Pierogies.
Today's dinner, fried pierogies and fresh trout with garlic sauce.
This is a post that I did in 2010 and I copied it from my old blog. Just figured since it is going to be seed starting time, I would refresh this post for anyone who many be learning how to start their own seeds.
here is how I start all my seeds. I pretty much start all my seeds the
same way. The only exceptions would be things like vines which I start
in pots instead of flats, certain types of seeds that do not need to be
covered with dirt, and a few other exceptions.
Below is a list of some things you may need:
Seed Starting Dirt
Popsicle Sticks - for marking
Gloves (if you don't want to get your hands dirty, I don't use gloves for anything but that's just me.)
Container to plant in - I use flats, but you can use just about anything, just poke some holes in the bottom for drainage.
Seeds (of coarse!)
Tiny hair clips (come in handy for keeping the cling wrap from touching the dirt.)
1. First thing I do is wet my dirt, before planting, with warm water. Just be sure not to get too wet.
Once dirt is wet I transfer the dirt into the flat I will be planting
in, you can use whatever you wish to plant in some people use styrofoam
cups, any kind of used food containers, you can use your imagination. I
am not a fan of peat pots or pellets, to me they seem to be difficult
to keep from getting too wet and too dry. If you do use peat pots or
pellets be sure to tear off some of the pot or netting before planting
because you could end up with a problem like this.
3. Then I pat down the dirt.
4. I use popsicle sticks to mark my rows and varieties planted.
After I place the popsicle sticks where my rows will be, I use another
popsicle stick to make my rows. For seeds that do not need to be
covered, I sometimes just scatter the seeds in their area without making
rows, and mark the section with a popsicle stick in the dirt as a
6. Place the seeds in the rows.
Cover the seeds, by pushing extra dirt on sides of rows over seeds. If
you are unsure of how much to cover the seeds it is always better to
not over cover the seeds. For most of my seeds I either just barely
cover (1/4" on package) or do not cover at all (1/8" on package). If
the package states to cover with a 1/8" of dirt I do not cover with dirt
at all and just cover with sphagnum moss. If it states to not cover at
all I do not cover with dirt or sphagnum moss.
8. Pat down the dirt after covering the seeds.
9. Once I have all my seeds planted, I then cover with a layer of sphagnum moss.
10. Spray with a spray bottle to wet sphagnum moss, spray slowly at first the sphagnum moss will fly everywhere if you don't.
I then cover with cling wrap, and use tiny hair clips to keep the
cling wrap form touching the dirt. Check every day some seeds will come
up within a couple of days. When the seedlings begin to pop up I
remove the cling wrap. If some varieties come up and others have not I
will sometimes put a plastic dome on the flat for a couple of days to
give the unsprouted seeds some more time with extra warmth. You do not
want the seedlings to be touching the plastic, so remove once they get
I place my flats under lights right away.
Most seeds do not need light to sprout but the lights give them extra
warmth that can greatly speed up the germination process. If the
instructions on the package say do not cover the seeds chances are those
seeds need light to germinate.
The seeds that I
planted in the above flat were cherry tomato seeds. I will be sure to
post a picture once they have sprouted and as they grow.
are so many different methods to start seeds. Everyone has there own
way that works best for them. If you are going to be starting seeds of
your own, happy seed starting!
Now back to work, planting more seeds.
I finally just completed the page on my website with a list of the vegetables and fruits that we grow. I still have to add more vegetable varieties to the list but it is a start. I have not gotten my seed orders completely in yet, once I get all of my seeds orders in I will be able to update the list with everything that I will be growing for 2016.
You can check it out HERE or click on the what we sell tab at the top of the page, and then on vegetables and fruits button.
Yesterday I picked almost a whole row of young cabbage, that filled up one and a half giant coolers. I would not have picked it but since we have been getting so much rain lately I was afraid if I did not pick it I would soon loose it because of all the water that is sitting in between the rows. Normally at this time of the year all my vegetables would be done for the year, due to the cold weather. Not this year, this year in January instead of loosing everything to the freezing cold, I will most likely end up loosing everything to the excessive rain. You never know what the weather may bring.
Lots of Water
but I still have turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, pac choi, kale, and scallions
and at home I have lettuce, arugula, romaine, mustard greens, collards, and more kale.
I look at this picture and it reminds me more of spring more than winter.
Here is a picture of the same area without all the water, taken about a month ago.
One cooler full of young cabbage, that I will be making into sauerkraut today.
This will be my first time making sauerkraut, I will have to do a post if it comes out good.