Okay time to get back into fall updates. If you missed any parts here are the links, Part I & Part II. Today's topic will focus on the cedar poly tunnel. On the whole it is doing pretty well with some crops doing better then others. I think this is caused from my delay in planting a few crops from their cell pack into the ground as I did start things quite early.
Here is an overview of the tunnel. The cover has been on for a few weeks now and it has sure has been needed. Its been quite cool lately at night with many light frosts. Mother nature does look to be giving use a nice warm up starting Saturday though. If the forecast pans out we should be above seasonal for almost two weeks.
Sugar Loaf Chicory - I have never tried these before but they are supposed to produce a head similar to a romaine and it is a biter green. This variety and the following two are the ones lagging a bit but they seem to have put on some good growth lately.
Mizuna - Another green I have never tried before. We had some in a salad a few days ago and it was quite nice. Very hardy green as well.
Wong Bok (napa cabbage)- This crop I think I should have started in June as appose to July. I don't think they will have enough time to develop a head but time will tell I guess. Not sure how hardy they are either, if they can make it through the winter maybe they will produce heads early next spring.
Now onto the big stuff, here is the row of Red Celery. They were started June 1st and planted in the soil mid July. They are doing excellent and will go to good use this fall/winter in hearty fare.
On the apposing side is Black & China Rose radish, both are producing more leaves then roots. Beside them are some transplanted green onions. I planted them this spring, they were shaded so didn't really grow well so I transplanted them into the tunnel. They have done really well and will also make a nice addition to fall dishes.
I will end with another tree shot from the back yard. The trees have drop half their leaves so I will have to get raking soon. It is one task I could do without but they have to go or the lawn does not do well. These trees are also not ours, our property is raised about 3 feet and ends just before the tree trunks. The trees are owner by the low rise apartments that line the street behind use. Thankfully they are not allowed to build on this section of land.
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