This last Saturday we harvested several varieties of garlics, leeks, and onions including a multiplying varieties from member Tim Miller of Millberg Farms (First certified organic farm in Texas!). You can learn more about the Dr. Pound variety of garlic from Tim here on Facebook. Also, check out our fall garden series video on planting and storing garlic. We love the huge scapes on Dr. Pound Garlic. We didn't cut them off but when they start "scaping" you can cut the scape off to send all of it’s energy in to increasing the bulb size. The scapes are delicious and can be used just like garlic, but they are ready a month or two before the garlic bulb. If the scape blooms, you can also eat the flowers and seeds.Some of the multiplying onions that we harvested will be stored in a dry, dark place to plant in early fall. In August, we will place them in 4-inch pots to help them sprout and then put them in the ground in September.
We started to see some of the beautiful blooms on the flax we planted this spring as we try growing grains used to make fibers. We also planted red cotton seeds where we harvested the purple potatoes last week. We added recycled mushroom blocks to the soil to add nutrients from organic matter. Check out this study that shows that recycled mushroom blocks are a great fertilizer. Sign up below to get recycled mushroom blocks for your garden.
VOLUNTEER WITH US AT ZBG
Join us this summer as we continue to learn in the garden together. We meet every Saturday from (weather permitting) at 9 - 11 am. We will be adding a Wednesday workday as well as start to develop another committee interested in doing seed-saving for seed giveaway pop-ups! There are opportunities to be involved in remotely and learning to do garden design using the Old Farmers Almanac garden planner app. This fall we will be doing a major change to the garden as we design a 4-square garden! We are also looking for seed and plant donations so let us know if would like to contribute to the garden this way. Please email us and let us know if you can grow with us!