Woke up to snow covered grounds Thursday, 11/8, morning. We got off lightly from winter storm Athena, about 3 inches and no outage.
Was hoping my neighbour’s kids would bring me some leaves so I could mulch my root crops before the storm, guess they were busy with school work and no time to rake and bag their leaves. Glad there was no damage to the crops.
Weekend was gorgeous, rearranged my schedule to take advantage of the unseasonable warm and sunny days (got to make hay while the sun shines). Finally cleaned up my flower beds. Pulled up dead plants, cut back herbaceous peonies, pruned perennials ….. I was on a roll.
Also put up winter deer fence to protect the spring flowering shrubs. Sure glad I was able to get this done. Have at least 6 deer coming through twice daily. Not at all bashful, march right up to the front door. The younger generations are not selective, they eat everything in sight. Wonder if they get tummy ache from eating the wrong plant?????
Today promises to be another beautiful day, will try to tidy up the veggie garden.
Harvest my first Korean radish in August, continued to harvest in September and early October. Decided to leave a few in the ground longer just to see if they would get woody. Pulled them up before the storm. They were not woody.
The seed package mentioned that the leaves are good for cooking. After washing, I sliced the stems and leaves into about ½ inch length and cooked like I would turnip greens. Had a nice flavor, liked it a lot.
Brought in some carrots (not sure of the variety, they are short and stout) and kohlrabi. The fall carrots are doing so much better than the spring carrots. The fall kohlrabi are not as large as the spring planted ones, actually quite small and not pretty like the ones grown in the spring, but were sweet and tender.
Found 1 broccoli. Not much, but combined with kohlrabi and carrots, made a delicious veggie medley stir-fry.
Dug in 1 parsnip. Kinda ugly but pretty good size, expecting the others to be just as large. Will mulch the bed heavily with leaves and harvest as needed throughout the winter. Also mulching the other root crops.
A few of the carrots were split. Anyone knows the reason?
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