Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Root of the Matter

Fall gardening continues to confound me. In addition to having less time for the garden (no hours of post-work sunlight), there is travel, weird weather, and the general fact that I have never got the seed sowing timing right for fall. Nonetheless, I've got a good crop of greens growing, but this post is about roots.
For some reason, I planted a ton of radishes, some of which are now spongy/woody, and not nearly enough of these gorgeous pink turnips. The beets were either devoured or did not germinate.
I like radishes, but I'll never eat all these in time. Pickles to the rescue!


I hope your fall garden is doing well! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Looking a Little Wilty

Last night was the coldest night we've had so far, but all of these wilty greens will bounce back on this sunny day. I'll have to break out the row cover and plastic greenhouse soon.
Thoughts to consider: What happens when radishes get too big?

The lettuce and these arugula seedlings (I think) took the frost like a champ.
 Spinach and larger arugula also doing fine, other than squirrel disruption:

 The collard seedlings seem to thrive on the cold:
 The fava beans don't look so hot:
The radishes were not well planned. These will be fine, but I imagine many of them are getting too large and need to be pickled or eaten in quantity.
I planted tat soi here, but I am wondering if the package was mislabeled. I don't recall tat soi having wavy leaves?
I can't believe winter has barely begun.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Here's the freak winter storm in progress, luckily we did not get much--the garden was not at all ready. All of the tiny winter greens did fine though--and this pineapple sage bounced back the next day.

 The Dahlias were already drooping.Next year, they will need better staking. Check out the gorgeous color of the blueberry leaves!

 The tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and okra were finally cut down the next day.
This service berry tree is called "autumn brilliance" for a reason.
 I'll soon find out if this warty pumpkin is edible.