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
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…
Our overwintered onions have sized up nicely, and the tops have fallen for several of the plots. Fallen tops are an indicator of bulb maturity, so once this happens, we start measuring size and weight of bulbs. What are we seeing? There was a fair amount of bolting this year, especially in the earliest planting, which … More Onions down!
It has been a busy week for our research program! Our summer team (Jackie and Talia) is here, and Kaitlyn is done with classes – so in the past week, we have: covered the caterpillar tunnels and planted tomatoes and habitat plants for our SARE high tunnel project. planted our greenhouse pepper variety trial, and sent … More A busy week
We had a chance to peek under the low tunnels late last week, and found some beautiful onions. They’re looking strong and healthy, which is not a surprise given the mild winter we’ve had. Based on prior results, I would not expect that we’d be harvesting them until mid-May, but who knows? Stay tuned.
The tops of many of our overwintered onions have fallen, signaling that they are mature and have reached their final bulb size. We’re pulling these and measuring them, and will then let them dry down. This experiment has approximately 20 varieties planted at five different planting dates in both high tunnel and low tunnels, so there’s … More Onion harvest underway