Continuing with Cool Season Planting & Transplanting Onions
Village Farm Team,
We’ve been removing silage tarps this week so we can continue with cool season planting. This week we planted broccoli, cauliflower, chard, collards, and cabbages. We plan on doing multiple successions of cool season crops to keep us going until spring. We’re also planting more of vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage since they produce only a single harvest. As for the leafy greens like chard, collards, and kale, we’re planting a little less since we’ll be able to continuously harvest the outer leaves while the inner leaves continue to grow.
We transplanted 1015 onions into some of our planter boxes this week. If you’re curious about the name, 1015 is a reference to the ideal date the seeds should be started in Texas (October 15th). These sweet onions were developed by Doctor Leonard Pike from Texas A&M University in the 1980s. His goal was to create a sweet-tasting onion that was disease resistant, tolerated our climate, and lacked the chemical compound that typically makes you cry when you slice them open. We can’t wait to harvest and try these in a couple of months!
We like to regularly harvest rosemary as a treat for our goats. It provides them with antioxidants and minerals and can also ease digestive troubles. For as much as our girls love snacking on it, we love harvesting it and taking in its beautiful resinous scent!