|Vegetable bed covered with leaves. 10.29.16|
|The Last Zucchini. 10.29.16|
|Nikita's Gift (Plate) and Saijo (Countertop) Persimmons. 10.29.16|
|Baja (Roja?) Garlic. 10.29.16|
|More Garlic Starts. 10.26.16|
Picked about 1/4 of the Nikita's Gift Persimmons. They are hard, so will need to ripen. I placed them into a bag of apples to assist that process.
Apples produce ethylene gas, as part of their ripening process. The ethylene gas will help the persimmons to ripen, too.
Not sure about that Saijo, there is still some green. The rest, only about 6 fruits, are still on the tree.
The garlic starts from local nursery, they labeled "Baja" but I wonder if they are Spanish Roja, are all growing nicely. When I get a chance and it's not raining, they need hoeing for the weeds. I checked other local nurseries, no garlic starts. Finally, I checked Portland Nursery, they had multiple types. I bought 2 heads of "Duganski", just for variety. Ordered from a catalog, I would have to order more than I need, for an even higher price plus shipping. Territorial sells Duganski. "beautiful, purple stripe garlic with large bulbs and an amazing flavor that matches its looks and size. Purple outer wrappers protect the violet-tinged cloves that burst with a fiery flavor and mellow out with a pleasant aftertaste." This is just for novelty, see if they are different from the Inchelium Red that I grow each year.
Speaking of Inchelium Red, it's far behind the Baja/Roja this year. A few have germinated, maybe 10 of the 40 or so that I planted.
Edit 10.30.16 It turns our there actually is a Baja Garlic, called "Baja Morado". From the link - "Baja Morado... was at first thought to be a long storing Creole but upon detailed examination turned out to be an even longer storing Silverskin that has a nice pleasant garlickiness with some pungency... similar to Mexican Red Silver but with much white in the clove covers rather than solid deep red." As with anything from nurseries, local and mail order, it's best to take things with a grain of salt. But who know" Maybe this IS Baja, and Baja Morado at that.