The not quite fall share
Aside from a few light frosts the past few weeks, it has been an unusually mild and sustained fall. We have had mild night time temperatures (very few under 40) and only a few colder days with temperatures dipping below 50 in the daytime, and these have been quickly followed by warm ups. The result is that produce in the field has continued to grow and remain in good condition such that it appears to about a month earlier than I would expect. The majority of this fall share comes directly out of the field. I am hopeful that the upcoming Thanksgiving share will also feature a good portion of field produce, as well as some more storage crops that I am holding back for the later fall shares.
It was getting very dry until we got a much needed rain on Tuesday, which soaked in very nicely to the soil and loosened up the ground to allow for preparation for garlic planting. I have only managed to plant one bed of garlic so far, with 14 more to go. Although I am a little late with planting, this mild fall means to me that in terms of climate conditions I am not late at all. For example, I measured soil temperature yesterday and it was over 60 degrees. The rule of thumb is that garlic should be planted when the soil temperature hits 60 degrees, which historically would be earlier in October. In the video below, I describe the process of planting garlic in a little more detail.