Snow (not snow shower as the weatherman had predicted) arrived Monday morning. By mid morning the lawn was covered with a thin layer of white , but by afternoon it was green again.
Went to the garden to assess the damage and was pleasantly surprised to see not much damage yet. However the following nights’ temperature was predicted to be in the teens so decided to bring in some of the crops.
Left to right: Red Rib Dandelion, Beedy’s Camden Kale, Napa Cabbage, Carrots & Chinese Parsley (cilantro)
The red rib dandelion went into a salad. It has a slight bitter taste similar to radicchio. Goes well with a balsamic vinegar dressing.
I partially cooked the sliced kale leaves, cooled and froze for later use.
As you can see from the photo, my napa cabbage is very “holey”, it is one of cabbage worm’s favorite foods. After removing all the “holey” leaves I had a solid head weighing over 1 pound, not huge but beautiful. It should remain in good condition for up to 3 months in the fridge.
The carrots are small but very sweet. Mulched the bed with leaves and hoping the remaining carrots will continue to grow.
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Also harvested pea shoots.
Pea Shoots & wilted Snow Peas
The pea plants and flowers survived the previous week’s low (+/-25°F) night time temperature but the peapods did not as you can see from the above photo
Good thing I harvested the pea shoots on Monday afternoon. The plants all wilted by Thursday after consecutive low (+/-15° F) night time temp.
Collected all the tender tips, tender tendrils and flowers from the basket of pea shoots and made a simple stir-fry (the tendrils get wiry and unusable if not cooked the same day).
• ½ – ¾ pound tender pea shoots, cut to desired lengths
• Thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, smashed
• 2 – 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
• 1 tablespoon oil
• Salt to taste
1. Heat oil in wok or frying pan, add ginger and garlic, steep in the hot oil until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove and discard.
2. Add pea shoots and salt to wok or frying pan. Stir-fry until wilted. Remove and enjoy.
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Gardens winterizing is coming along nicely with the help of a couple of gorgeous days. Mulched the celeriac, leeks and parsnips with leaves also and will harvest as needed. Winter deer fences are in place. Sure wish I could fence in the whole property.
Still trying to get all my shrubs pruned and my perennial beds cleaned out and organized. They have been neglected for the past 3 years. Looking pretty good so far and I am pleased with the progress, whatever doesn’t get done before the weather gets too cold will get done in the spring.
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