Sunday, February 12, 2017

Looking forward to good eats this spring!

Such beautiful weather this weekend! The high temperature today is in the mid-70's. The daffodils are blooming. The spring peepers are singing their song. It smells like spring!

Yesterday, I put some seed in the ground.

In one raised bed:
2 rows Super Sugar Snap Peas
1 row Early Scarlet Radishes

Then filled the empty half of the collards bed with:
Hybrid 7 Spinach
Buttercrunch Lettuce

A row of peas, neat and tidy. I found
lots of friendly earthworms in the soil.

Today, I planted two more raised beds.

One full of beets:
2 rows Detroit Dark Red Beets
1 row Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

Another full of greens:
Florida broadleaf mustard
Southern giant curled mustard
Mustard spinach
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
Giant Winter Spinach
divided by: 1 row Salad Turnips

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The February Garden

Here's what has over-wintered...
Buttercrunch & Black Seeded Simpson
Turns out some lettuces are very hardy. These survived the sleet and near zero temperatures we experienced in early January. I harvested them today to make way for sugar snap peas.

Bel Fiore, of the Variegato di Lusia type
Encore! This lovely red-streaked radicchio has a mildly bitter flavor that is quite nice. I'm happy to see a couple of bonus heads.

Where did this broccoli come from?? I'm pretty sure I planted heading-collards in this place last fall. Those seedlings failed to survive. Now this lone broccoli appears. Rouse the Spouse and I will share it for dinner - ha!

The collards are on the rebound after being cut back pretty vigorously in January. We'll get another meal or three out of these plants.

The garlic likes to grow in winter. It will be ready for harvest in late June or early July. It is so easy to grow and such a pleasure to use in the kitchen.

Three varieties of kale - Lacinato, Red Russian, Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch - that's what we're feasting on these days!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tatsoi and Sue

Tatsoi is one of my favorite greens! Delicious quickly cooked, but tender enough to be used in a fresh salad. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Salad Greens in December

Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce and Tatsoi, a tender Asian green.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Planted a few more garlic bulbs ...

Rocambole Garlic, German Red 8 - 12oz extra easy to peel, round, light purple/brown cloves. Flavor is strong, hot, and spicy. Keeps moderately well.

Can't remember the other variety. I accidentally threw the packaging away before I recorded the name. It'll be a surprise.

My friend, Chris, gave me these bulbs... back in October! They were misplaced in the hub-bub of refinishing our hardwood floors. Our entire first floor had to be moved out of the house! They resurfaced and are now in the ground.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November Greens

The kale is looking so robust...
and check out this lovely red-streaked Bel Fiore radicchio!