Wheat

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Despite the lack of rain wheat is germinating. Dense seeding helps to suppress weeds. The wheat will grow throughout the winter and reach maturity in the Spring.

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Wheat

Farm Day

This annual event is happening tomorrow at Mission San Juan from 10am-3pm. Free and open to the public it will feature free produce, cooking demos, fun activities for all ages, and of course an opportunity to check out the farm operation. We’ll be roasting pumpkin and squash grown in the fields in an adobe horno for people to try and I will be available to talk about what is growing. Come on out and get some veggies.

Farm Day

Ristra

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We learned how to make a ristra this past Saturday. This is a traditional way of drying peppers. Utilizing some string and lots of knots the peppers can be hung up while getting proper air flow to prevent them from spoiling as they dry out. The dry peppers can be rehydrated by soaking them in water or ground into powders to be used in a variety of  culinary applications.

Ristra

Harvest

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Here’s a look at yesterdays cushaw squash harvest with some Seminole pumpkins tucked in. These squash are produced by trailing vines that can stretch out well over 10 feet. They are a native variety of winter squash which means they take longer to mature and end up with a tough exterior. They are ideal for roasting at this stage. The flesh becomes tender and can be used for either sweet or savory dishes. There is one more harvest left from plantings made early in the summer. Tomorrow we will be clearing out the area and prepping for fall.

Harvest

Tejano Gardening Day

 

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The work day at Casa Navarro was a success. We worked in the garden clearing, weeding, and planting beans and squash. We discussed growing vegetables and herbs in containers, potted more tomatoes, thyme, rue, and talked about preparing for the fall season. Thanks to everyone who came out.

I’ll be back at it this Saturday at Mission San Juan from 9am- 12pm.

 

Tejano Gardening Day