Summer Update 2014

I am astonished at how well the majority of my seed crops are doing given the consistent

Barley and Wheat in Dying Shed

Barley and Wheat in Dying Shed

wet conditions this spring and early summer. I believe we are moving into  drier, more manageable, weather conditions as many of my crops are nearing maturity. While frequent rains may be good for some vegetables, many crops intended to fully ripen and produce quality, harvestable seed require periods of dry weather. Humidity is manageable, but humidity and rainy weather can spell disaster when trying to harvest ripe grain heads from a crop like Teff or Quinoa.

I have suspended my seed sales from my 2013 harvest. I plan to begin offering fresh seed this late summer for fall planted grains like rye and wheat. I will also have garlic for planting in October as well as potato onions and ground nuts (a perennial tuber). All my seed for spring planting next season should be available around Christmas. I will publish a post as these crops become available.

Here are a few shots taken around the farm of some of the crops nearing maturity. Hope they stimulate your thinking about the possibilities for your gardens next year.

Zapallo del Tronco Summer Squash

Zapallo del Tronco Summer Squash

Proso Millet

Proso Millet

Sesame seed pods

Sesame seed pods

Fiber Flax seed pods

Fiber Flax seed pods

 

Fercita Grain Amaranth

Fercita Grain Amaranth

Red Head Quinoa

Red Head Quinoa

 

Camelina (oil seed crop)

Camelina (oil seed crop)

Soybeans and Dry bean plots.

Soybeans and Dry bean plots.

AL White Teff

AL White Teff

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