We are in full harvest mode here on the farm side of things. The artichokes are wonderful. Out of ten plants only one has chosen not to flower. Thus far we have harvested about twenty artichokes and I expect up to thirty more. Next year: twenty plants!
The tomato hoop house is full, with the vines climbing to the top. This has been a good year for Aunt Ruby’s German Green: still my all time favorite. Slowly we are getting converts: people just have to try them to know those green tomatoes with the slight pink blush at the market are the best. Pink Brandywines are pretty good. Actually the tomatoes have been so popular at the market I am thinking about adding another hoop house so we can have two houses of tomatoes.
Also in the tomato hoop house are watermelons. Petite yellow. We had one we cut open for sampling at last Saturday’s market. Delicious. There should be a couple more ready for this Saturday, and then a whole slew in the next couple of weeks. Yum.
The onion and shallot harvest has been good. And we have just had a great run of sunny dry weather to dry them out in the sun. The next step is braiding the storage onions and shallots for winter keeping.
The ginger is about ready to start harvesting. We began pre-sprouting them in mid-March, and the harvest should run from five to six months out from there. So baby ginger here we come. I noticed an anomaly among the plants, though: one appears to be sending up a flower shoot. This is the first year I have gotten a flower. I’m totally curious.
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I had no idea we could grow artichokes here. Anything special?
Yes indeed we can grow globe artichokes here. These are Imperial Star. And the trick is to start them inside in heat and light early (February), get them to at least two true leaves, then put them in a cooler darker spot for about six weeks, then bring them back into the light. That way they believe they have gone through summer and winter, and when they get back to summer they are ready to flower. Artichokes are biennials, and in warmer climates (California) they can over winter one year and bloom the next. Not so here. Oh, and one I planted is a smart artichoke: it was not tricked.