The wheat story has a sad ending. It’s all gone. Every single bit of it.
I checked on it last week and found the back half decimated. Squirrels and birds, no doubt. I’d seen them nibbling on the perimeter, but I never expected they were busy destroying what I couldn’t see.
This is what I saw when I walked out there. The entire back half was gone.
The worst part was there was nothing I could do. I was days away from going on vacation and didn’t have the tools, supplies, or time to construct a netting box. Also, the wheat was too green to harvest. It was close, but not close enough to harvest.
This is what was left when I came home from vacation.
I hope you enjoyed that wheat, you darn squirrels.
Lesson learned: put your wheat into a netting box if it’s small enough. If it’s not, well, got any suggestions?
Happy Independence Day. Here at the Suburban Farm, it’s Garlic Day. This morning I harvested 37 heads of garlic.
I can’t wait to cut into these! To prepare the rest for storing, they will be laid out on a long cardboard box—stems and leaves intact—in our basement for a few weeks to cure. That is, if I don’t eat them all first. Garlic doesn’t last long in our house.
I’m not exactly sure what variety this is. Honestly, I planted generic jumbo garlic cloves from the grocery store. I think technically these fall into the soft-neck category.
Did you grow garlic this year?
I wasn’t sure if I’d see them. It’s been really hot this spring! Luckily I planted the peas in a cool, shadier spot.
These are Dakota Shelling peas, which taste better outside of their pods.
Let’s compare May to February:
A beautiful view into the Millennium Seed Bank Project. This space represents 10% of the world’s biodiversity.
“There is no technological reason why any plant species should become extinct. We have every opportunity to pass on our entire botanical heritage—intact—for future generations.”
Via TED Blog.