Little Creek Maple Farm

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A Splash of Color in the Sugarbush

Last fall as a test run for planting fall bulbs, I planted a whole bunch of clearance bulbs on the North Side of the Sugarbush.  This area is heavily wooded and being on the Northern edge gets limited sun.  I was hoping the sun would have enough time to make these bulbs pop before the trees had enough leaves to block out the sun and it looks like I lucked out.

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The only bad news is that I have no idea what these varieties are…

Spring Bulbs

Oh well, this fall I will need to pay a little more attention, and stick some markers in the ground for spring identification purposes.

Spring Bulbs


May 5, 2014 Posted by | Gardening | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Soft Neck Garlic Harvest and Shallots

French Gray Shallots

After listening to the Cultivate Simple Podcast #37 on my way home this evening and getting inspired for some fall/winter gardening/planting I figured it was time pull the soft-neck garlic test bed I planted last fall.  This bed was planted to compare and confirm that the soft-neck garlic is just not productive for me in Zone 5b.  As you can see this bed is looking pretty dead.  Around the perimeter I stuck a few off the smaller shallots I planted last fall and they have since grown up and almost completely died back so I figured it was time to pull them and see what was buried beneath the dirt.

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As you can see below I had the same problem I had this year that I did last year.  The garlic scape never made it high enough out of the stalk and the garlic bulbils swell up and create a weak spot in the garlic stalk.  This causes all of my plants to bend over where the bulbils have swelled.  Since most of the plants where yellowing and bent over I decided to pull them.  The bulbs were exactly the same size as last year, no bigger than a silver dollar.  They smelled very strong of garlic, so I have bunched them up and set them aside to dry.

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For comparison purposes below is a photo of the hard-neck garlic beds which has foliage that is much denser, larger stalks, and greener leaves.  Each garlic plant produced a legit garlic scape just like I was doing something correct!

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Bunches of small garlic ready to be set aside to dry.  I will not be wasting time or space on the soft-neck garlic next season!

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Now for the French Gray Shallots.  The shallots I planted in this bed were the smaller of the seed shallots I got from The Maine Potato Lady, and the green tops were pretty much all but dead when I pulled them with the soft-neck garlic.  I was surprised to see them bunched like this because I am accustomed to buying individual store bought shallots at my local supermarket.  These are also smaller than I would have expected, but the soil they were planted in was pretty dense, so that may be a contributing factor to their small size.  They smell great and will make a good addition to meals in the future.  They are currently drying.

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A close up of the the two clusters with the largest shallots.

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With this bed now virtually empty I will try and make my first attempt at fall/winter gardening!

July 9, 2013 Posted by | Cooking, Gardening | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Around the Garden

This week around the garden some earlier plantings of seedlings are starting to take hold.  There are not a lot of words today but several photos which show the growth that we have been experiencing.  The sunny weather and occasional rainy day has really helped our garden.

Our carrots below are starting to spout and probably should be thinned.


Below one of our boxes of red potatoes is really starting to sprout.  I need to find another layer of 1x so we can add some more dirt and continue hilling the spuds!

Red Potatoes

Below most of the hard neck garlic have started to produce their garlic scapes.  With any luck they will develop their curly Q shape.

Garlic Scapes

Below is one of the Nasturtium plants I stated from seed.  Its getting bigger so maybe it will flower at some point.


Some of the wife’s tomato plants have started to set fruit.

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The Kentucky Pole beans have started to climb.

Kentucky Pole Beans

The blue berries are starting to turn a slight shade of blue!  it won’t be long now and we are almost out of our June Strawberries.

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The pepper plants have started to set fruit

Sweet Peppers

And my Dahlia has several buds with a few that have decided to flower today.


June 17, 2013 Posted by | Gardening | , , , , , , | 6 Comments


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