Friday, January 26, 2018

Survivors

We're back to more seasonal temperatures. Today, the high is expected to reach 56 degrees. Time for the big reveal.

First, I uncovered the spinach bed. I pulled back the row cover. Behold! The spinach is thriving! Green, lush, and ... SWEET. I picked a handful and ate it right there.
That was the good news.

The mustard did not fare as well. Check out the blogpost on December 5 to see a "before" picture. Here's the "after" shot. There's no hope here. How do you like me now?!

dead mustard greens
Other crops are definitely cold hurt, but already showing signs of new growth. They will bounce back and live to give many delicious meals. Note that the weeds have thrived under cover as well!

lettuce

tatsoi

pokchoi

collards

kale








Thursday, January 18, 2018

Big Snow

The garden is under a blanket of snow ... 8" - 10"! It was beautiful coming down all day yesterday. This is the 2nd snow event of 2018. And it's been cold!

In fact, temperatures in the Triangle area fell below freezing at 2:00am on Sunday, December 31st and did not rise above 32 degrees for 158 consecutive hours at 3:00pm on January 6 (measured at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport). This freezing streak broke the previous record of 157 hours set in January 1982.

We're past all that now, thank goodness, but I'm sure the low temps (days and days under 20 degrees, and as low as 4 degrees) have had a detrimental effect on my winter greens. We shall see.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Garlic in the Ground

Planted three varieties:
- Chinese Pink  - Hardneck
- Killarney Red - Hardneck
- last year's ??   - Softneck

Monday, November 6, 2017

More Peppers to Process


This recipe makes deliciously crisp pickles!



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Kale with gem stone?

Water is a treasure!