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…
While most of the research farm is blanketed with snow, the growing season is getting started inside our unheated high tunnels. Yesterday, I poked around to check on the status of our experiments. While it was hard to see much inside the low tunnels, which are sealed up tight with snow and ice, the winter sprouting broccoli in … More Checking in with winter crops
Every fall, it seems as though we should be slowing down, and finishing up the summer research projects. Of course, we are doing this. But we are also busy gearing up for the big rush in fall data collection, and putting the final touches on our overwintering experiments. This fall, we have been pushing hard to finish … More A fall update… still busy!
All summer long, the dry and warm weather has been good for our seedless table grape trial. A couple of varieties did experience some winter injury (Marquis and Thomcord were the most damaged), but most made it through unscathed. They have taken off and grown very vigorously through the season, even without supplemental irrigation. We … More Grapes!
Kaitlyn has been hard at work, and she has just finished writing up the results of our winter spinach production research. We looked at several planting dates and varieties of spinach for winter production in unheated high tunnels. A grower research report is now available, just in time for those that are thinking about seeding spinach … More Spinach research report available
Our group has been learning a lot about how to identify naturally-occurring enemies of plant pests (mostly aphids). As part of one of our research projects, we have been scouting very carefully, every other week, in our tomato and pepper experiments. We are learning that when we look closely, we are seeing a whole new world!! As … More Biological warfare