Here is our 5,500 plants in the north field. The paler green rows in the foreground are the early purples. The water logged soil has drained away and the raised beds did their job. Most plants are 24″ ground to tip with some nearing 30″. In the background are the darker porcelains, red rojas, music and Salt Spring Island variety.
Here’s a shot of our 25,000 plant main field. Those tall plants in the foreground are some white mustards growing along the paths. We are harvesting the leaves. A south asian chef is making Saag (a fabulous dish with garlic, onions and spices). She generously shares her divine cooking with us. White mustard is extraordinarily high in minerals.
The garlic beds in the foreground are porcelains, with the purples off in the distance. The porcelians are growing rapidly and will soon catch up and pass the purples. As of today, (April 7th, 2016) our porcelains are 15-18 inches tall, with the purples mainly 22-30 inches high. The stems on both plants are thickening nicely. Al,l the beds are now covered in paper strips with a compost mulch. This will be the last weeding we will do on the beds themselves. It is also the last feeding. We still anticipate the purple harvest to start in the last week in May, with the other varieties coming out of the ground 4-6 weeks later.