I was back out at the farm earlier this week to visit again with Terra, Matt and Max. Their agenda for the afternoon was planting spring garlic. Did you know that there is garlic planted in both fall and spring? Fall garlic is planted…in the fall, much like tulip bulbs. In the spring/early summer the bulbs that we are all familiar with are harvested. Spring garlic is different in that it does not develop a bulb, but looks more like a small leek or green onion. Overall it has a mild taste, including the graceful, curling scapes that grow above ground. I especially love these and often add them to stir fries and mixed green salads.
The garlic was planted in clusters of 3-4, about 12 inches apart, just below the dark soil.
While everyone continued planting, I wandered around, peaking into the greenhouse to see how it had changed. I’m always amazed by the amount of growth that occurs in the few days between my visits. Last week the small, tomato seedlings were transplanted to 4 inch pots. Each variety was labeled, there were the basic Romas and Brandywines, along with many names I’d never heard. Terra says that many of the tomatoes they plant are heirloom varieties.
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