In keeping with our annual tradition winery and tasting room staff arrived just behind Block 15 Mourvedre at 8:30 this morning to plant the Halter Ranch summer garden.
Organization of this year’s garden was undertaken by Oenologist Molly Strupp and the to be planted list included multiple types of heirloom tomato, watermelon, peppers (mild and spicy), pumpkins, cucumbers, and birdhouse gourds.
The consensus now the plants are in the ground is that playing in the dirt with green things was (not so surprisingly) an exciting and fulfilling opening to our Tuesday.
The garden provides an abundance of organic tomatoes, squash, peppers, and other edibles for the staff to cook, can, share, and otherwise consume through the fall. Expect updates as the garden grows.
We interplanted marigolds among the tomatoes to provide habitat for beneficial insects to keep greedy garden pests from gobbling them up.
In addition to the marigolds we planted 5 rows of assorted flowers as additional encouragement for beneficial occupants and to provide an appealing splash of color.
A few notable or unusual additions we failed to mention above include: purple tomatillos, orange warty thing pumpkins, sugar baby watermelons, and rainbow carrots.
Though we will be placing driplines to water the garden going forward, today our fresh green friends received gentle and thorough hand watering.
Thanks for reading! Our tantalizing Tuesday recipe and pairing post series will return next week.