The harvests for this post are quite similar to last Monday’s post.
Both chicory (radicchio) in the above photo were germinated from seeds from the same packet yet one is long and skinny, the other round. Anyone knows the reason? There is no difference in taste. This round one is much larger than the one posted on 11/26/12 but not as solid. Wrapped each in clean dry paper towel and placed in plastic bag. Should keep for a few weeks in the fridge.
The broccoli on the left is green but the one on the right is purple/red. Too bad there was not time for them to get bigger, especially the purple/red one.
Cleaned the leeks. Thinly sliced the white and light green sections, placed in freezer bag (separate easily after frozen), date, label and freeze for later use, above left photo.
Green parts were cut into about 5-inch lengths, placed in freezer bag (also separate easily after frozen), date, label and freeze for adding to pot when making broth. Above right photo.
Decided to bring in all my celeriacs, 6 total. The one in the above photo is the largest, 1½ pounds, the others were smaller, less than 1 pound. Also dug in a some carrots. Did not wash as I am experimenting with winter storage in my unheated garage.
Left to right: celeriac, carrots, parsnips, sunchoke (Jeruselam artichoke) and beets
Covered bottom of windowbox with about 2 inches of damp (not wet) pro-mix. Placed root veggies on top. Celeriac and carrots were unwashed. Parsnips, sunchoke and beets were washed. Will see if there is any difference during storage
Years ago, in my younger days, I used to dig a little hole behind the house every fall. Pile my root veggies in the hole, cover with a thick layer of leaves and bringing in as needed throughout the winter. Worked well until critters discovered my stash. That was the end of that form of winter storage.
In more recent years, I leave the root veggies in the garden and mulch with a thick layer of leaves. Harvest as needed. The problem with this is if there is too much snow, I cannot get to the garden nor open the garden gate and, again, critters come to feast.
The logic behind this experiment is mimic the “storage hole” condition and not have to worry about critters, I hope. Now why did I not think of this experiment before?
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