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From Wheat to Straw

July 5, 2012

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.

Wheat eaten by squirrels

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.

Wheat completely eaten by squirrels and birds.

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?

It’s Garlic Day!

July 4, 2012
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Happy Independence Day. Here at the Suburban Farm, it’s Garlic Day. This morning I harvested 37 heads of garlic.

Garlic all in a row

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.

fresh harvested garlic

Did you grow garlic this year?

First Peas

June 7, 2012
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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.

peas

These are Dakota Shelling peas, which taste better outside of their pods.

Views From Around the Farm

May 20, 2012
wheat

The wheat is looking more like wheat.

 

strawberries

Strawberries are happening.

 

tomatoes and lettuce

Tomatoes, lettuce, and more.

 

rhododendreon

Ginormous rhody shows its ginormous flowers.

 

basil

Basil needs to be planted.

 

Don Featherstone

Don Featherstone is watching.

 

Backyard Wheat Update

May 3, 2012
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It’s growing!

backyard wheat

 

Let’s compare May to February:

February wheat

 

Step Inside the Millennium Seed Bank

March 29, 2012

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.

Cilantro Up!

March 24, 2012

Cilantro

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