Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Copper and Blue Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My garden is all wet--but the garlic is lovely!

It's been both a good and a bad week here at Red Wicket. The weather has been terrible. On Wednesday, the wind was so strong that it blew our broody box--where Mama hen was living--across the pasture. I saw it happen, and ran outside to find Mama desperately trying to shelter the babies, but they were blowing across the yard. I shoved Mama into the hen house and managed to catch all nine babies before they blew away. Unfortunately, when I opened the small door to the garage to run outside, the wind was so strong that it blew into the garage and blew our big overhead garage door out. It moved the bottom of the garage door out 18 inches and folded it in half. The good news is that all the babies are just fine, and we've moved Mama into the goat barn since her house was destroyed. I think she likes it there better anyway. Look how mad she is at me for taking her photo:

In addition to destroying the broody house, all the water in the garden has finally taken its toll. I walked outside yesterday morning to see every pepper in the garden wilted to the ground. The culprit is simply too much water; the roots are drowning.

If I'm very lucky, and we get the few dry days in a row we're promised, these peppers might come back. I have my fingers crossed. I've been dying to try the Bhut Jolokia (ghost peppers) and see if I can handle one of the hottest peppers in the world.

My tomato patch is insane. With all the water, I haven't been able to get into the garden to do the Florida Weave, and the tomatoes are growing like crazy. Right now, my tomato patch pretty much looks like one giant tomato plant.

I've enlisted Mike to help me weave the tomatoes up tomorrow morning. It's going to take two of us--one to hold up and separate the tomatoes and one to weave the twine. I'm kind of hoping that we'll find a surprise ripe tomato in the patch somewhere, but I'm not holding my breath. There are lots of green tomatoes, but tomatoes require lots of sunny days to ripen and to taste good. With as much rain as we've been having, they will be watery.

I harvested the garlic today. You may recall that the garlic was an experiment that I began last fall. We planted four varieties, just one row of each kind, and weren't even sure if we'd get any garlic this summer. I'm pleased to announce that the experiment was a success! The garlic is curing in my basement as I type this. The garlic has to cure for at least three weeks before it's ready to sell.

I'm especially pleased with how well the Inchellium Red garlic did this year. The Inchellium Red was by far the favorite of our taste tests for garlic butter, and we've been dying to try some more. We got a lot of nice heads of garlic from the other varieties, but the Inchellium Red bulbs are huge.

The Clintonville Community Market has offered to purchase my entire crop, so if you want to try these wonderful varietal garlics, that's where you can get them. I'll let everyone know when they'll have them for sale.

Have a great week everyone, and may your tomatoes ripen soon!