It’s been a time of transition and big events for the Sideman lab! First, last December we said farewell to Talia Levy, who conducted some excellent preliminary research on organic management of cabbage aphid. She wrote an undergraduate honors thesis, Analyzing organic techniques to manage cabbage aphid on Brussels sprouts: a synthesis of field research, … More Congratulations!
The research season goes well into the fall these days, and this fall seems to be lasting a long time! In this little experiment, we’re testing different low-cost ways to produce early spring (and late winter?!) scallions. We are planting seedlings at three different dates, and two have been planted … the last one will … More Fall alliums getting tucked in…
This summer, we have an experiment looking at baby ginger. This tropical crop is planted from seed rhizomes that we obtain from Hawaii. Usually, the crop is harvested in mid-fall, prior to frost. In our experiment, we want to find out whether early harvest results in lower yields (we expect it does!) and whether low … More Early harvest of baby ginger
The crop on our seedless table grape vineyard is looking good; we anticipate being able to taste all eight varieties a bit later this fall! Would you like to learn more? Later this fall, we invite you to come and see, taste and experience the seedless table grapes AND our fall strawberries in low tunnels. … More Seedless grape update
We’ve just summarized the results of our 2016-17 overwintering scallion experiment. In brief, we evaluated several different varieties’ ability to survive overwinter, protected by a single layer of heavy (1.25 oz/yd2) row cover. In this study, none of the many white scallion varieties we looked at had better winter survival than Evergreen Hardy White. However, … More Overwinter scallions: results in
This mantra comes in useful when you like to explore “atypical” crops and production systems – some of them are bound to fail. This season has already thrown us some curve balls – I won’t go into all of them. On the “losing” end, I lost half of my summer pepper experiment to ants. That’s right, … More You win some, you lose some.
We love to play with specialty crops, and here’s a new one for us. Today, we began to pre-sprout our ginger seed pieces, which arrived last week from Hawaii. In our area, growers treat ginger as an annual crop. They plant seed pieces in early spring, and harvest “baby ginger” in the fall. This tender baby … More Getting spring started…