Mary's Veggie Garden

November 20, 2011

Fall Crops Under Snow

Filed under: Cabbage,Carrots,Celeriac,Gardening,Kohlrabi,Lettuce,Peas,Vegetables,Weather — marysveggiegarden @ 9:18 pm

Saturday, October 29 Poughkeepsie, N.Y. received 10-12″ of heavy, wet snow.  I had many fall vegetables growing at the time. Let’s take a look to discover how they fared.

The weather had been relatively warm leading up to the storm. The first hard frost, which was a freeze of about 28 degrees, happened only a couple of days before the snow.

All the snow pictures which follow were taken Tuesday, 11/1. Although the temperatures were back up in the 50’s, it was taking time to melt all that snow.

Snap Peas 

Snap Peas 'Cascadia'

The snap peas, a variety called Cascadia, did not survive the snow. I follow the weather forecast closely when waiting for the first frost, so I’d harvested a gallon bag of snap peas 3 days before the snow. We were still enjoying those snap peas two weeks later when I removed the dying plants.


Lettuce 'Sierra'

The lettuce is a red-edged Batavia type called Sierra. The outer leaves in this picture are translucent from freezing, and the edges are turning brown and dry. But I don’t give up easily. I harvested the lettuce, stripped off the outer leaves, trimmed away the top edge of some inner leaves and found a crisp, tasty head within.

Napa Cabbage

Napa Cabbages ‘Optiko’

The outer leaves of the cabbages are just starting to melt out of the snow. Since taking the picture I’ve harvested two of these cabbages. The splayed out leaves emerging from the snow started turning brown (rotting) after two weeks. After I cleaned up the head the center was crisp and mild.

Cleaned up for eating, two weeks after the snow storm.


Broccoli in the snow

The broccoli didn’t fare very well. The leaves were frost ‘bleached’. The heads were still edible, but the texture was somewhat flexible and rubbery instead of crispy.

Celeriac and Carrots


Scallions (left) & carrots (right, under the snow)

Because the ground was still warm the snow had no effect on the root vegetables. The carrot foliage was unharmed. Although the celeriac root (the part that is eaten) was well mulched and thus unaffected, it’s leaves and stalks were destroyed by the snow. In the last week it’s started growing new leaves.


Kohlrabi 'Kolibri'

I had 3 varieties of kohlrabi growing. Although some of the leaves were freeze ‘bleached’  the bulb part (actually a swollen stem) is still good, and they are putting out new leaves.

Harvest this week:

I’m harvesting everything remaining in my community garden plot, because the fences must be removed by Nov. 28, just before the ground often freezes.

Carrots ‘Bolero’  – 28 pounds

Carrots Red Cored Chantenay – 7.5 pounds

Celeraic – 3, around 1.75 pounds

Napa cabbage – 1 @ 2# 2oz.

Kohlrabi – 1# 6 oz.

Nine pounds of Bolero carrots, cleaned up and drying for storage.

3 Celeriac in all their rooty glory.



  1. Nice harvest Mary, I am going to grow ‘optiko’ napa next year. Root vegetables did not do well,.I need to amend my soil.

    Comment by Norma Chang — November 21, 2011 @ 7:05 am | Reply

    • I like Optiko, it grows well spring or fall and in the fall it didn’t bolt like it does when maturing in late June. However it does get ‘black speck’.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — November 21, 2011 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  2. All in all your garden fared well in the heavy snow and freezes. The napa cabbages in particular are beautiful.

    Comment by kitsapFG — November 21, 2011 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  3. Glad your gardens fared so well. 🙂


    Comment by My Urban Gardens — November 22, 2011 @ 12:30 am | Reply

  4. Hi Mary,
    Great article and COOL pictures. Sounds like you also had a great harvest this fall.

    Comment by Judy K. — December 1, 2011 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

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