Mary's Veggie Garden

December 9, 2013

December Garden

Filed under: Kale,Kohlrabi,Leeks,Parsnips,Spinach,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:50 am
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I went out to mulch before the temperatures dropped into the deep freeze and discovered I should harvest first. Here’s my garden at home on Dec. 4, before harvest and mulching.

Spinach and kale.

Spinach and kale.

I cheated with the spinach: bought a 4-pack of transplants because I wanted the experience of transplanting spinach, and because I hadn’t gotten around to sowing my seed yet. The pack was crowded with plants. I was very careful separating them, but still managed to destroy the roots of half-a-dozen plants. You see the rest here. They grew but not vigorously. I’ve harvested leaves several times to add to salads.

I planted the kale last spring. It is quite ragged because of a massive caterpillar infestation in the fall. I should have ID’ed them when I found them.They were definitely not imported cabbage worms.

Leeks and bunching onions.

Leeks and bunching onions.

In the foreground we see a few bunching onions and, in the middle, a lot of leeks. The white post holds a bird house (the upside-down pot is a squirrel guard.) The parsnips are next to the post. I was standing inches from that post, adding mulch to the parsnips, when a bird flew out of the bird house. The house sparrows are using the bird house to stay cozy in the cold.

Parsnips, beets, and parsley

Parsnips, beets, and parsley

The parsnips are at the top and parsley at the bottom. The beets, in the middle, are tiny and invisible under the mulch. The red leaves are self-sown mustard plants.

A tiny salad: the last lettuce, spinach, 2 bunching onions, a leek, watermelon radishes,, sorrel & a kale leaf.

A tiny salad: the last lettuce, spinach, 2 bunching onions, a leek, watermelon radishes, parsley, sorrel & a kale leaf.

The watermelon radishes grown at home are a quarter the size of those from my community garden plot. The difference is sun, lots of sun.

Heartier fare: parsnips and Lutz beets

Heartier fare: parsnips and Lutz beets

Just before Thanksgiving, I closed down my garden in the community plots. The last harvest included five pounds of celeriac and this weird kohlrabi.

Celleriac

Celleriac

Siamese twin kohlrabi.

Siamese twin kohlrabi.

The variety is Early Vienna. In all my years of growing kohlrabi, this is the first time I’ve seen one of these.

June 4, 2012

Harvest Monday June 4, 2012 & a Loopy Squash

Filed under: Gardening,Peas,Spinach,Squash,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:32 am
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The spring crops are now in full harvest – each day I can harvest as much as we need. In the past week I harvested:

Tyee spinach and Snow Peas: Dwarf White Sugar and Oregon Sugar Pod II.

Radishes: 1.1 pounds.
Lettuce: 1.6 pounds.
Snow Peas: 1.75 pounds. These are a mix of Dwarf White Sugar and Oregon Sugar Pod II. When compared, the harvest of Dwarf White Sugar starts a week earlier and the pods are less thick than those of Oregon Sugar Pod II. The color of Dwarf White Sugar is light green, while Oregon Sugar Pod II is a deeper green and more pea flavored.
Spinach: 2 oz. I finished harvesting the Bloomsdale a week ago (it was bolting, even the very tiny plants). This week I’m harvesting Tyee for salads. I planted both varieties the same day, in the same bed. The Tyee plants are much bigger, and they are taking about ten days longer to bolt.

I continued planting this week – snap beans, pole beans and French marigolds, winter squashes and nasturtiums, sweet potatoes and sweet corn. It’s wonderful to be rewarded by harvest even while I’m still planting.

Loopy Squash

Zephyr squash seedlings.

I planted this hill of Zephyr summer squash 5/18. The seed is from last year, so I planted thickly. Check the plant in the lower right: when the seedlings started to emerge, for several days all I saw was a loop for this plant. Eventually the leaves emerged – but the delay means it’s half the size of the biggest.

I was planning to thin, so let’s see what happened below ground.

Loopy squash plant.

I suspect that if I had let this plant grow the plant would eventually choke itself; squash stems get thick! Many seedlings first show as a half loop, particularly beans and onions, but then the top pops out and the stem straightens. This is the first time in 35 years of gardening that I’ve seen a stem continue in a complete circle before the top emerged.

Check in with Daphne’s Dandelions for more harvests and curiosities from around the world.

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