Mary's Veggie Garden

December 13, 2012

It’s My Birthday!

Filed under: Flowers — marysveggiegarden @ 3:32 pm

Let’s celebrate with flowers!

Forsythia blooming in my yard 12/13/12

Forsythia blooming in my yard 12/13/12.

NY Aster blooming in the protected area next to the foundation.

NY Aster blooming in the protected area next to the foundation.

Folks, it’s December: flowers should not be blooming outside in NYS as we near the shortest day of the year.

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December 3, 2012

Harvest Monday 12/3/2012

Filed under: Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 7:43 am

I harvested twice this week: collards and beets for a vegetable soup on Thursday, and mache, kale, sorrel and parsley for a salad Sunday. I should harvest more salads, but I’m not motivated to harvest when the temperature outside is just above freezing.

Instead of showing more beets and greens, the pictures this week show my garden. Winter is threatening, but not quite here. For the last two weeks it’s been above freezing every day though sometimes just barely. At night the temperature has been reaching the low to mid twenties (Fahrenheit).

The collards are surprising freeze tolerant.

The collards are surprising freeze tolerant.

I’m finally harvesting collards now that there is not much of anything else. They are an experiment; I don’t know how much cold they can take, but so far they are OK.

My tiny patch of Lutz beets.

My tiny patch of Lutz beets.

The beets are mulched with shredded leaves to prevent freezing. The roots are sweet and some of the greens are still edible.

Parsnips, also mulched with shredded leaves.

Parsnips, also mulched with shredded leaves.

Winterbor Kale and Red Giant Mustard

Winterbor Kale and Red Giant Mustard

This Winterbor kale was transplanted into the garden in mid to late August. It didn’t grow very well in this shady area, but it is providing a few leaves for salads. Winterbor often survives the winter, so maybe I’ll have some spring greens.

The mustard is all volunteer plants. It’s been sprouting since September. It’s a bit too cold for the mustard; some of the leaves are frost burned.

Volunteer mache.

Volunteer mache, more kale & mustard.

The mache is all volunteer plants from plants that went to seed last spring. It started sprouting early this fall and more will sprout next spring. The plants would be bigger if I thinned them; instead I just harvest the biggest for salads.

This isn’t much, but it supplements the summer crops stored in the root cellar, the basement and the freezer.

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