Thursday, December 6, 2012

Not Dead Yet

We had some very warm days earlier this week. I was able to get out to the garden yesterday to see what was going on. Since some of our nights have been in the teens, I assumed all the greens were finished for the winter.

I was surprised to see some Kale that was still struggling against the cold temperatures. I harvested some beautiful kale leaves for dinner:

Kale harvest

While I was at it, I trimmed off the withered foliage, pulled the other plants in the bed that succumbed to cold damage, and added a row cover to offer some protection from the increasingly cold nights.

Kale before harvest and trimming. Fencing protects it from deer.

Kale after cleanup.

The promise of another harvest.

I am hopeful that I may get another harvest out of these plants.

Be sure to visit Daphne's Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Catching Up

It has been a while since I have blogged about the garden. I've been tied up with some graphic design projects that ate up all my time. I was very thankful for the work, but it did have an effect on the rest of my life for a while including fall gardening and blogging.

Back to the garden....The first frost hit in mid-October. At that point, most of the garden had been cleaned up for winter. Still producing were leeks, green onions, carrots, kale, spinach, pak choi, celery, and herbs oregano, chives, sage, parsley and thyme. These continued to produce unprotected until mid-November when nighttime temperatures reached the 20s for several nights in a row.

I pulled the fall carrots just before the ground froze. I wish I had planted more. For me, fall carrots seem to grow much better than spring. They taste better too. Note for next year.....plant more fall carrots!!!

I enjoyed some pest free Kale until it eventually was affected by the freezing temperatures. I am sure the Kale would still be alive if I had provided some protection:

Green onions and a few small leeks are still being harvested as needed:

I managed to dig most of the remaining potatoes. When I dug potatoes for Thanksgiving's meal, most of the ground was frozen except for the area in the potato bed that was mulched with hay. I had to lift off a sheet of several inches of frozen soil to reach the potatoes:

I did find time to plant garlic in one of the 4x4-raised beds and mulch with shredded leaves:

Thanksgiving dinner included many vegetables from the garden including carrots, celery, potatoes, squash, garlic, onions, leeks, and herbs such as sage, parsley, chives, and thyme.

The garden still has some leeks, green onions, and about a two foot patch of undug potatoes in the ground. It may be too late to dig these up before winter. Today the ground is covered by a light dusting of snow. Overall yield for potatoes was good. I will post an update at a later time once I tally up the harvests.