I can’t believe I last wrote back in September. Well, now it’s deep fall, not just that official, astronomical fall. My garden is nearly cleaned up, the cold frame has returned and is housing some lovely lettuces, and all but the crops that don’t mind cold are gone. I still need to amend the soil, but the garden is very nearly put to bed!
I used to garden much of the year, but climate change has made that less predictable. Our largely mid-forties winters with a cold snap in January or February have become a roller coaster of snow storms, ice, the Polar Vortex, and extended cold springs. I still haven’t got the hang of exactly what to plant, but on the other hand, I have begun to enjoy the December through February break.
We had a hard freeze Friday night and predictions for temperatures continuing to drop into the upper twenties (F). Friday I took off work a little early and harvested carrots, kale, and turnips from the Plot Against Hunger garden. The turnip greens were amazing and they went with 3 pounds of turnips. I also got nearly 8 pounds of carrots. I divided them into 5 12 oz packages.
There were some courageous cucumber seeds in the new Plot garden. They came up in late September and yielded a number of cucumbers before succumbing to frost. I added four cucumbers to the Plot haul. All told, I took 14 pounds of produce in! It was a lot of stuff and I imagine could supplement quite a few families’ groceries. There are still broccoli and cauliflower plants in the Plot, and more turnips, so we have a few more deliveries before we run out for the winter.
My own garden had a sort of renaissance of yields after we had a couple good rains. More okra, thriving arugula, eggplants galore, peppers, chard, and some fall planted radishes. It’s been amazing. I still have broccoli and cauliflower as well as rapini and parsley wintering. I may get some heads from the broccoli and cauliflower over the winter. We’ll see.
Without so much work needing to be done, I’ll be taking more hikes, doing more crafts, and … very likely baking a lot. I do like to snug in on dark evenings, so I’ll probably consume more scotch and maybe I’ll have more time to write and be a more frequent visitor to your blogs as well.
Happy fall and have a good week. (And for those of you Down Under, I hope your spring brings rains instead of drought and you love all the extra light.)