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News from the last week and a half.

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Monday October 17  –  Frost killed last of tomato plants. Harvested 45 kgs of green and

semi-ripe tomatoes  –  stored in the barn.

 

Tuesday October 18  –  Dug potatoes, disassembled irrigation system – cleaned, sorted and

stored the fittings and valve assemblies.

 

Wednesday October 19 – Evening group  –  stored the drip tape in the upper level of the barn,

     sorted potatoes stored in the barn – sorted out and stored Pink

             and Yellow seed potatoes.

     Watered garlic field.

 

Thursday October 20  –  Watered garlic field, raspberries and cherries.

 

Saturday October 22  –  Group  –  pulled out dead garden plants – stacked up to dry out

   dug up majority of carrots, dug up the rest of the potatoes

   extra stored in the barn.

  Watered garlic field, raspberries, strawberries and the fruit trees and

  shrubs.

 

Come out tonight and harvest the rest of the garden – carrots, leeks, rutabaga, kale,

swiss chard, parsley, sage, dill and thyme still left in the garden.

 

In the barn we have about 100 lbs of tomatoes and about 1000 lbs of potatoes.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Garden News

  1. Vicky says:

    Hi,I’m taking 45 kg of potatoes (packed by Mr. Larsen–thank you.) to the Mustard Seed. I called them and they said this would be enough for one meal. They serve 300-400 a night. I am also taking 2 large bags of kale and chard. Let’s keep this group in mind as one of our regular donor recipients.Vicky

  2. Vicky says:

    HI, everyone I think I’ve found answers to two garden mysteries I’ve been pondering this week:Bitter carrots:I put a large bag of carrots in the fridge before I left 6 weeks ago. The carrots are not inedible, cooked or raw. Extremely bitter, chemical taste. Also had a large bag of apples from my parents tree, stored in the fridge, though in different bins. Found out that the ethylene gas produced by apples turns carrots bitter.  Also: cabbage and turnips give their odors to apples, celery, pears. More on winter storage:http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/eb1326/eb1326.pdfCloves of garlic rotting:I’ve gone through my garlic treasure box and see that cloves on some heads are rotting from the outside in. I suspect that this may be from banging the heads together when they were harvested to remove the dirt. Just a guess–and a caution for next year. The above article stresses the importance of careful handling when vegetables are harvested for storage. Vicky

  3. eogg says:

    Ethylene is a blessing and a curse for ripening crops! It’s hard to believe that a clove of garlic can be so tender, but I guess the less handling of any produce the better off it is.Dyle, We should work with Jeannie, Rick, Vicky, Roman, Megan and Rodney to distribute more of this Potato bounty to the Food Banks / Emergency Shelter/ Meals on Wheels. I know that the Campus food bank will actually pick up. Its cool if we want to attempt to store some taters for EOGG’ers without cold storage through the chilly winter months, but I’m a little leery of a high volume storage pilot in the barn given the sneaky mice. I mean that literally. Let’s work to get the food distributed. (Says the guy who hasn’t touched soil in months). That’s also a red flag for those of you who haven’t been out to grab yer spuds. If you tilled it weeded it and loved it…Thoughts? Recommendations?

  4. Vicky says:

    I’d be happy to deliver extra potatoes to the Mustard Seed, when everyone has taken as much as they can use.Vicky

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