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
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
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.
Our work on winter spinach was featured in the Foster’s Daily Democrat earlier this week. Check out the nice profile of Connor and Kaitlyn’s work!
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