My luck came to an end. Garden was hit by a freeze and killer frost. All tender vegetables and flowers died.
Cannot complain as I have had a wonderfully prolonged harvest especially the cherry tomatoes.
Managed to salvage a few cherry tomatoes
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Surprisingly, snow peas plants not only survived they look very healthy.
The “s” word is in the weatherman’s vocabulary.
Snow shower is predicted for tonight and, this week’s night time temp is predicted to be in the low 20’s for a few consecutive nights.
Am going to harvest all the tender pea shoots and baby peas today or tomorrow rather than risk losing them.
Looking forward to a delicious dish of Pea Shoots Stir-fry.
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At Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden (LGHVG), where I am a volunteer, we are growing 2 varieties of parsnips, Half Long Guernsey and Hollow Crown.
Parsnips from Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden
Top: Half Long Guernsey
Bottom: Hollow Crown
Wondering if there is any difference in taste and texture between the 2 varieties, brought some home to do a taste test. Also harvest hollow crown from my garden to see if there is any difference between the hollow crown grown at LGHVG and the ones grown in my garden.
For a true test, all 3 needed to be cooked under the same condition. Not having a 3 compartment cooking pot, decided to make my own.
Section with 1 piece of carrot: Half Long Guernsey from LGHVG
Section with 2 pieces of carrot: Hollow Crown from LGHVG
Section with 3 pieces of carrot: Hollow Crown from my garden
Added broth, brought to a boil, covered and simmered until tender, about 5 minutes
RESULTS: The half long Guernsey was milder and slightly sweeter than the hollow crowns also had a slightly smoother texture.
There was no difference in taste and texture between the hollow crown from LGHVG and my garden. There was a slight difference in color, the ones from LGHVG had a yellow/beige color where the ones from my garden were white.
As a stand alone side dish, I prefer the half long Guernsey. If adding to a stew or soup it does not matter (I used the hollow crown from my garden in the beef soup I posted on November 4, 2013).
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Still growing in my garden (not a whole lot) are: kales, collard, bok choy, lettuce, carrots, beets, parsnips, celeriac, leeks and volunteer mustards. For the remainder of the year will harvest, as needed, whatever is available.
Left in the garden also is one chicory (radicchio). Need to find out what is its cold tolerance. Hope it survives tonight’s snow shower.
Did harvest leeks, carrots and parsley for my neighbor but did not take photos.
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