|Cabbage-collards (front) & turnips (back)|
My garden hasn't changed much since the last time I showed it to you. I've mulched a few more beds and some things have grown a little, but even that has been slow. We've been eating more out of it than we did at this time last year, because the weather has been milder, much more so than our first two winters here. Not that I'm complaining about this, it's actually been more typical for this part of the country. Last year by January, we'd already had several snows, and the garden was pretty dormant. This year, plenty of rain but nary a flake in the sky and the temperatures have only dipped below 20 F a couple of times. Most daytime recoveries are in the 40s at least.
|Front to back: Scarlet Nantes carrots, Detroit Red beets (reddish in|
color, hard to see), both from saved seed, and Siberian Dwarf kale
That's means we're still enjoying various greens such as lettuce, beet, collard, cabbage-collard, and kale.
|Dwarf Siberian Kale|
The kale is Dwarf Siberian, last year's freebie thank you seed packet, from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. A number of years ago I grew a curled Scotch kale, but no one in the family was very impressed. Dan and I really like this variety however. It's great raw in salads, as a steamed green, or ingredient for soup or stew. The goats like it too.
My radishes have grown huge.
|Probably China Rose & Pink Beauty Radishes|
Surprisingly, they are not pithy nor too hot. They make a very tasty salad with that fresh kale.
We're also enjoying beet roots and plenty of turnips...
|Purple top white globe Turnips|
We share the turnip greens and trimmings with the goats. We like turnips a variety of ways: roasted, steamed, boiled and mashed (with or without potatoes), and mostly as sauerruben.
|Lacto-fermented turnips, a.k.a. sauerruben|
Some things are slower to grow, so I'm still waiting to harvest, like carrots and my parsnips.
| All American Parsnip|
Last year I planted Harris Model, but nothing grew
Other slow growers include broccoli ...
|Waltham 29 broccoli from saved seed|
Waltham 29 is supposed to be ready in 85 to 90 days, but I planted these the third week of September and the largest head was only about the size of a quarter. I harvested them all just the other day, when we were forecast to dip into the teens with a high of only 30. Frost kissed is one thing, frozen is another. I got enough for us to have in a broccoli, kale, dried cranberry salad.
This cabbage too, was slow....
|I don't remember the variety|
This is one of the nine purchased plants I planted last April. I harvested it along with the broccoli. It will make a tasty sauerkraut.
Lastly, the winter wheat is growing well,
and the seed catalogues are arriving in droves. I reckon it's time to start thinking ahead toward spring. :)