It has been a busy and productive week at the garden! The week started with harvesting the remaining half of our garlic planting. Garlic is dug with shovels and moved indoors to dry for several weeks. We had a great yield – filling 3 large tables with overflow being hung above.
Last week’s rain made for good tilling this week. Many beds in our front two plots were tilled in preparation for upcoming crops.
The week ended with planting two beds of fall potatoes! When our seed potato order arrived in March during Covid disruptions, we opted to bump the potato planting to June.
We stored the potatoes in a walk in cooler at 50 degrees. Two weeks ago, the potatoes were removed from refrigeration and placed on trays in a light filled room to encourage sprouting.
Today the potatoes went into the ground! The variety we are growing, Cheftain, is typically 60-75 days to harvest. This will put the fun activity of harvesting potatoes in early September when students are back for UVA’s fall semester.
Potatoes are a cooler weather crop but can be planted in June heat. After planting, the beds were hooped and covered with shade cloth (black netting in photo above) to help keep the ground cooler. We will remove the shade cloth in a week or two and hill or mound more soil over the potatoes and then mulch with hay.
Happy summer! Stephanie Meyers, MKG Farm Manager