In your share this week:
- Salad Mix
- Baby Boc Choi
- Japanese Turnips
- Garlic Scapes - a lot!
Our row of Japanese turnips growing in greenhouse 1 is infested with aphids. This is something new for us. Sometimes we'll have some aphids in the Tango lettuce greens (one of the salad varieties we grow that goes into our Salad Mix), but I don't remember us ever having such a big infestation and causing such a mess. So, after repeated efforts trying to wash the aphids out of the leafy green turnip tops, I made the decision to cut them off. If we get another harvest of turnips again next week (there are still some "good" sections in the row), they will be topped immediately, and the leaves will go to the burn pile. This will hopefully isolate the little buggers and speed up our harvest and washing process.
So now we are dealing with aphids in greenhouse 1. Sadly, this insect is known to stick around for a long time, but usually to a contained or specific location. People will ask me "How do I get rid of aphids?" And I'll tell them some of the methods I've heard will help (crop rotation, healthy soil, cleaning things up really good, tossing out anything that could be a hiding place for eggs, and similar ideas), but now it's our turn to fight off this invader! Shain will start with a heavy sprinkling of diatomaceous earth. He says we may need to order lady bugs. We moved our row covers outside to bake in the sun and I'll move other things out ASAP just to be safe. For the last week we've been working on clearning out two rows in this greenhouse so we could plant our last transplants, but now we are hesitant to plant anything near the infested row of turnips. Yuck!
So, that's a lot of fun.
I can tell it's really summer based on how quickly some of the crops are growing now. The garlic scapes are all ON at once! You are getting a large bunch of them. Remember, they will last several weeks if stored in a loose sack in a crisper drawer. It's possible you'll get some more next week, but if you are planning on doing anything special with your scapes, this week's batch is your opportunity. Other crops are growing well, and so are the weeds. We weed greenhouses early in the morning before it's too hot, then enjoy the cold water as we wash and package produce, and if time allows it's back to outside weeding. Repeat.
Boc choi + Japanese turnips + garlic scapes ... You know what I'm thinking? Eggrolls! We have a few recipes (here and here) but honestly, I make each batch a little different depending on what I have on hand. SO GOOD!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!