Harvest Seventeen: Oct 20 & 22, 2015

a few friendly reminders:

next week, October 27th and 29th, are our final harvests/deliveries

please collect and return all crates

get some extra garlic now!

a full share crate this week

full share crate, Oct 20 2015

In Your Crate

garlic

acorn & sweet dumpling winter squash

sweet dumpling winter squash

carrots

peppers

romaine head lettuce

romaine head lettuce

tomatoes

cherish the final tomatoes late Oct 2015

beets

brussels sprouts

toscano kale

chinese cabbage

chinese cabbage

oregano “kitchen” plant!

full shares only: cabbage

Share Crate: all of the above, plus swiss chard, purple cauliflower

share crates Oct 20 2015

Oregano “Kitchen” Plant

growing oregano, oregano plant

So… I’ve started oregano from seeds for many years running. It’s the absolutely teeniest, tiniest seed. It comes in a miniature waxed paper envelope, because the seed will fall through the slightest crack of any other paper seed packet. 300,000 seeds average about 1 ounce!

When I drop the seed, by hand, into our germination flats I cannot hardly see the individual seeds, and I let fall probably 5 to 15 seeds per cell. They are tiny, immediately blending in perfectly and invisibly with the soil. The oregano seed germinates slowly, the plants grow very slowly too. (The plant you have now is around 6 months old already, and still so small!)

Tony planted a seed in my head regarding distributing a live plant or herb to you. I cannot exactly remember, but Tony has a friend or an aunt who belongs to a CSA on the other side of Lake Michigan (Wisconsin or Minnesota??). She received a live plant from her CSA! And we thought, “hey, what a great idea!”

So… here’s your live plant! Enjoy!

We’d like for you to have a small part of our farm, a small part of our efforts, which you can continue to cultivate, nurture and enjoy. You can keep this plant alive and lively, experiencing many of the same joys (and challenges!)  as we do when growing great food for you. You can participate and partake of this wonderful process!

I’d suggest you place this small plant in your kitchen, near the best natural light window you’ve got. (You can simply click on the heading above, Oregano “Kitchen” Plant, it’s a hyperlink and will give you much more detailed info). The best info I gleaned from there is this: “Oregano plant is easily killed by overwatering, so use a container with a drainage hole. Young plants should be kept moist, but oregano is drought-tolerant once established.”

Over winter this plant indoors. It’s still young, delicate, needs some time to get on it’s feet and grow it’s roots deep. Keep it well through the winter.

In the spring, once the weather is settled and the cold is long gone, at least jump the plant up into a larger pot with lots of good, well drained soil. Keep it on your porch, your patio, still in your kitchen even, just somewhere that you’ll see it often, and think of eating off it every time you want to! Somewhere handy that you can pick some now and again easily.

If you want to plant it outdoors you can, once established it will over winter outdoors as a perennial. Be aware though, oregano is a bit of a bully, and is somewhat of an aggressive grower. You could plant a large pot in the ground, with enough of the lip of the actual pot above ground that it’ll act as a barrier to the oregano spreading.

ENJOY!

and we hope that this oregano plant helps you to be pleasantly reminded of the great foods we’ve all shared throughout this season!

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