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Garden Update Spring 2018

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been super busy with a new job but I still have plenty of malting projects on the go and many more ideas I want to try. I’m currently brewing an ale made from a malt that germinated for 14 days. I also made malt with an accelerated schedule that took only 5 days start to finish as well as brewing a small beer with 100% unmalted barley, but more on these later.

Firstly, I want to thank all the people that have purchased one of my books. I’m quite happy with how the Malting Log book turned out and I’ve been using it for the last few batches of malt that I’ve made. I have to say it’s pretty darn handy.

I did have some problems formatting the Malting At Home book as a reviewer on Amazon has pointed out (the rest of the review is very positive so thank-you Jeremiah!). For some reason, Amazon direct publishing does not, at this time, recognize Google documents. So I had to turn my google documents into  Word documents and when I did this the formatting gets really screwy. I’ve corrected the spacing issues as best as I can but it’s not perfect. I’m sure there are better ways to do this but if you’re planning on self-publishing I would highly recommend starting with Word right from the start. I also wanted more pictures but knowing I wouldn’t have the time available for at least four months I decided to get it out sooner than later. I am however very happy with all of the recipes I’ve managed to compile and I was pretty excited when I realized I could use Google translate to read some German and French texts that included some very useful information. I think having all these recipes in one book is handy because surprisingly most of the big expensive modern text books are kind of lacking in actual recipes or kilning schedules.

I managed to get to the garden yesterday to plant this years barley. I actually had more Chevalier seed than expected and managed to plant 3 beds with Chevalier. I planted another 3 beds with Maris Otter and there’s a narrow bed that I had planted with the small amount of Bere seed I had.

From the other side looking north.

 

As you can see I’m not taking any chances here and covered everything to prevent the birds and squirrels from digging out the seeds. I’ll remove the covers in about two weeks.

 

 

 

As I was prepping the soil and removing some weeds I pulled out some beets that were perfectly preserved from last year. They had been covered up with a pile of weeds and straw. We ate them that night and they were like new. We also had some kale shoots which are very mild and not bitter at all. Here’s a shot of the kale “tree” I left in the garden over winter. I also planted a Fuji apple tree on the north side of the garden.

More kale!

Kale shoots

Fuji apple tree

Beets

In total I have about 530 square feet of barley planted this year and I’m hoping to get about 40 lbs. of barley from this.

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Posted by on March 26, 2018 in Garden videos

 

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Garden Update July 26 2014

I was worried, we had two days of solid rain on Wednesday and Thursday but a nice sunny day on Friday. Rain is bad at this time of the year not only for lodging but for mould and fungus. When I got to the garden this morning I was so relieved to find the barley looking very healthy and quite perky. I’m having a hard time being patient though. A lot of the barley is ready for harvesting but there are also a lot of heads that still have some green on them. You can see the green hairs in the pictures below. I hand picked some ripe heads, about 5 lbs. in an hour but it was difficult not to accidently grab a green one in the process, so I’m going to have to wait. Something very cool I’ve noticed with the Maris Otter is that it has strong roots which makes it easier to harvest. With the Conlon I found that when I tried to use a sickle it would pull the straw out of the ground without cutting it,  so I had to use the shears to cut the heads off which is much slower. We’ve got some perfect weather in the forecast so I should be able to harvest more next week.

Notice the green hairs, the one on the right is ready.

Notice the green hairs, the one on the right is ready.

Garden friends

Garden friends

About 5 lbs. Lots more to harvest next week.

About 5 lbs. Lots more to harvest next week.

 

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Garden videos

 

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Garden update July 18 2014

A little lodging, this time it's not a big deal.

A little lodging, this time it’s not a big deal.

If you take a close look at the green stalks on the right side of this bed you can see that they’re falling over. In this bed and one other one the chicken wire slipped down to about a foot from the ground. Fortunately the wire still kept the barley from touching the ground and I was able to lift the chicken wire up. I propped it up with a few sticks and the barley straightened out. My main concern is keeping the seed heads away from the mice – so far so good. The other beds are fine with no lodging, in fact this one is almost ready to harvest.

One more week.

One more week.

Here's a close up.

Here’s a close up.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Garden videos

 

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Garden Update June 2014

 
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