Oh what a beautiful week we had this past week!! Highs were in the mid 60′s all week, just fantastic!! Unfortunately it’s all coming to an end later today as a storm front moves in this afternoon that is threatening to bring snow to the valley floor!! Oh well, we really could use the moisture everything is really dry right now. Our lawn hasn’t really gone dormant yet and it’s been over a month since we have had any real rain so it could use a good drink!
Not a lot to report on the harvest front this week. We did pick these two little cabbages that were growing from side shoots on a couple of plants that had been destroyed by snails.
Also various greens continue to poor in. We have been eating some form of “greens” almost every meals. Weather it’s cooked in with our main dish or added to a salad we have had kale, spinach or chard almost every day.
The green tomatoes continue to ripen! We brought in another big batch of ripe ones on Sunday night and made salsa to go with our dinner. The box is getting pretty empty I’m thinking they will only last another week or so.
I’ve been really busy at work for the last month or so and haven’t had much time for blogging, so I haven’t had a chance to give you a tour of the fall garden. I figure today is a good day to do it.
Here’s our very late started lettuce bed.
You can see things are not coming along very quickly here. We lost our indoor starts twice in August so I just threw in some seeds in this cold frame. We are just about to the 10 hour day mark so these plants will be shutting down very soon. My plan is to cover them up really well and let them sit over the winter, they should take off in February and give us a really early lettuce crop.
This is by far our best year ever with our spinach. Look at this great looking bed! We have been harvesting like crazy from this bed and it is still going strong. We will probably be able to continue a strong harvest for another 6 weeks or so. Then we will give this bed most of January off, but it should starting growing again in February for a great spring harvest. Notice the small stand of Swiss Chard in the back ground, it has been struggling with leaf minors but has still given us a pretty good harvest this fall.
The fall broccoli is trying hard to produce. Almost every plant has a head like this one, but I’m afraid I may have gotten them in the ground a few weeks too late this year. I’ll put a hoop house over them before this storm hits but I’m not really sure if we are actually going to get much broccoli this fall.
The carrot bed is looking nice. We will give these another 60 days or so to put on size before we start harvesting. Carrots will be the bulk of our harvest for January and February!
Both the Tuscan and Vates kale are doing really well. This represents the bulk of our harvest right now, we are adding it to every soup and casserole we can think of. You can see that I’m planning on a hoop house for these as well, although they will actually do okay for a while with out a hoop. Kale is very freeze hardy.
The kohlrabi that we planted in the front flower bed looks good. You can see we are starting to get “bulbs” on the plants. They are not very big yet so I will leave them out for as long as possible, but we will really only get a taste of kohlrabi this year. Again the move just got me off schedule this year and everything seems to be a couple weeks behind. But over all I’m pretty happy with our improvised fall and winter garden.
This weeks Harvest Totals:
Kale – 1 pound
Spinach/Chard – .50 pounds
Ripened Tomatoes – 3 pounds
Cabbage – .50 pounds
Total 5.00 Pounds
Our annual total is now 643 pounds. I’m Linking up today with the Monday Harvest report at Daphne’s Dandelions!