July 23, 2016

Summer Flowers in Bloom

This year's summer flowers are thriving in my cutting garden.

This garden has developed so nicely since I switched it with my vegetable garden a few years ago after an infestation of mole crickets. I have been so pleased with the progress in both locations.

Since the change, I’ve added more and more flowering plants. My gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, spend a lot of time and care placing and planting each specimen - taking into consideration mature plant size and growth habit.

Many of the flowers have bloomed so beautifully - here are some photos. Enjoy.

July 22, 2016

Harvesting Garlic

It’s the perfect time to harvest my garlic...

Determining when garlic is ready to harvest can be tricky. If it’s harvested too soon, the cloves are small and underdeveloped. Harvested too late, and the clove heads begin to separate, making them more vulnerable to decay.

Garlic is divided into two categories. The supermarket variety, called softneck, produces long-lasting bulbs with many cloves around a soft center stem. Softneck garlic produces no flower stalk. Hardneck garlics are noted for their stiff central stalk, fewer cloves, relatively short shelf life, and their intriguingly complex flavors.

This week, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, harvested our crop of harneck garlic. The varieties include: American Porcelain, Music Porcelain, Chesnok Red-Purple, Majestic Porcelain, Italian Red Porcelain, German Extra Hardy Porcelain, Turbans, Russian Giant Marble-Purple Stripe, Asian Tempest Asiatic, Georgian Crystal Porcelain, Romanian Red Porcelain, Amish-Rocambole, and Georgian Fire. Enjoy the photos.

July 21, 2016

Growing Tomatoes at the Farm

Tomatoes have long been one of America’s favorite garden vegetables. Those bold red, sun-ripened tomatoes deliver the taste of summer with every bite. And, they’re filled with excellent antioxidants and vitamins.

Just a handful of healthy plants can produce a bounty of delicious fruits within six to eight weeks. The best time to plant tomatoes is when daytime temperatures are consistently above 65-degrees Fahrenheit. My gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, planted our crop in early June and over the weeks, we've seen the plants develop beautifully - I can’t wait until this summer’s first tomato harvest.

Here are some photos of our tomato growing process and transformation - enjoy.