Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Homage to the Alliums

In addition to an excellent garlic harvest, here are a few things going on around the farm and homestead.


One better than a Caveman solar oven. Wheel barrow, Reflective heat wrap, and pane of glass being used to experimentally pasteurize coffee grounds for Oyster Mushroom Production. More to come on that later...

First summer squash picking. Tastes like Summer...

ELEPHANT GARLIC (spelled big because it IS big)

Shallots. These are my first attempt at growing and now curing shallots. Grilled some fresh last night with some Tink's Beef Goat Gouda topped burger patties and sauteed Costata Romanesco Zucchinni and Elephant Garlic, Shallots and Onions. And some Fingerlings Potatoes ala Walker Farms to boot. It is meals like this that make the gardening life worthwhile.

We will have freed up quite a bit of Real-Estate at NF when the potatoes come out of the ground next week. Now for a late Spring and Early summer jump on more tomatoes, squash peppers okra and white acre peas. YUMMM

Monday, May 24, 2010

Central Park Community Garden Grand Opening

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Central Park Community Garden Grand Opening this past Saturday Morning. Mother Nature Christened the park with a nice little shower during our ceremony and brought the sun out for the festivities and demonstrations. A fellow gardener brought her camera and caught some images and footage of the day.

From CPCG Grand Opening

Composting Demonstration Parts on and Two

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Favorite References

I thought I would post up some of my favorite reference sites that I visit for information:

For first and last frost dates, plus a myriad of other weather history information in GA.

GA Automated Environmental Weather Monitoring Network

Rodale's Pricing Page- How much will your produce fetch?

UGA pdf Publications One of my favorites from my Alma Mater. Scroll down to horticulture then to Vegetables for gardening information. Also, there is plenty of other information for browsing.

ATTRA- the mother of all information organic. Everything from Organic Asparagus Production to Chicken Tractoring.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fungus Among Us

Last week a friend and I knocked out some work that has been in the works for a few months now. We inoculated approximately 40 logs each with Shiitake mushroom spawn.
From Shiitake Logs

Here is part of the collection in the bed of my truck. I purchased 4 different strains from Field and Forest. Some warm weather and some wide range varieties to help spread the harvest throughout the year.

From Shiitake Logs

WW44 aka Warm Weather 44
From Shiitake Logs

Sawdust spawn using a palm style inoculation tool is the most economic long term method.
From Shiitake Logs

We used wax from our beehives to seal the inoculated holes.
From Shiitake Logs

From Shiitake Logs

Another specialty piece of equipment that helped with efficiency. This stops the drill bit at one inch depth. It is essential because each log has about 50 holes in it. Next time I think I will opt for the angle grinder drill bit conversion to speed up the process.

From Shiitake Logs

Now we wait. The hard part is done. The logs will rest for 3-6 months and then get repositioned to start the fruiting process. Right now they are stacked log cabin style and will get moved to "A-frame" stacks to allow for easier access to the fruits.

Next project is to use the spent coffee grounds from the New Moon Cafe
to grow some Oyster mushrooms off of.