Friday, November 30, 2018

November's Garden (2018)

This year's garden is extremely different from last year's November garden. The weather went from 90 degrees one day, to 40 the next and has not warmed back up.  We didn't have a fall but went straight from summer into winter. We put the hoop houses up the second week in November - last year we put them up in December.  To my surprise, some of the plants have managed to slowly grow.  

It became cold so quick, I was not able to finish planting.  The bitter cold 19-degree night killed the seedlings on the front porch so there are many empty spaces.  

The parsnips planted in the strawberry/watermelon bed have been growing since early spring are ready to be dug but it has been too muddy.  

Planting snow peas under the okra plants was a good idea but the weather has been too harsh.  They haven't grown fast enough to bear pods so I will chop them up for salads. 

This is the fence where the tomatoes were planted in the spring.  In the closest area, Fava beans are growing and carrots are in the back.  This weather has been so crazy I have no idea if they will bear beans.  

Fava Beans

Danvers Half-long
The winter radishes don't mind the cool weather but they can't handle the bitter cold.  Some were planted under the hoop houses, and others were put in the open.  My plan was to harvest the ones in the open first, then save those under the hoop houses for later.  When I pulled them, it was surprising to see how much difference the coverings made.  The one on the left was under the hoop house and the one on the right was not.  All of the seeds were planted on the same day.

White Celestial Winter Daikon Radish
It is easy to know when the winter radishes are ready because they begin to push up out of the soil.   

There are countless vegetables that will survive in cold weather and the flavor is fantastic. This winter I wanted a greater variety than last year so I pulled out my large box of seeds and planted a few seeds of each kind.  There were quite a few favorites I didn't get planted (sugar beets, Brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, savoy cabbage, Afina cutting celery, cauliflower...)  but as of today, these are the survivors.  Not all will look like the pictures in seed catalogs because I have been harvesting the outer leaves for meals.  Also, there are some not pictured that I have no idea what they are called.  I just know they did great one past winter so I saved the unknown seeds.  Whatever sprouts, is what I eat.

Toscana Kale
Fordhook Swiss Chard
Buttercrunch Lettuce
Georgia Southern Collards
Scarlet Kale
Pai Tsai
Michihili  Cabbage
Green Seoul
Tokyo Bekana
Tokyo Bekana
Red onions
Chirimen Hakusai

Perpetual Spinach
Morris Heading Collard

China Choy
China Choy


These are the last ones I managed to plant and they probably won't make it through the winter.  If the weather happens to turn warm, they might survive.

Tatsoi      Brunswick Cabbage
Canton Bok Choy      Bloomdale Spinach

Harvesting the sweet potatoes has never been easier. They just popped up out of the ground and landed in my basket. It was magic.


Reese came home to visit and he volunteered to dig them.  He didn't even break a sweat.  Later in the evening, he received the best reward you can imagine for tired muscles.


Doctor Scooter was on call for physical therapy sessions.

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