The weather last week was just fabulous, the first half was warm and gorgeous, the 2nd half was cold but calm, also lovely (as long as one is bundled up), as a result I was able to get quite a lot of outdoor chores completed.
Put up the deer fences, cleaned up the annual beds, finished pruning the shrubs and trees that needed pruning, raked the leaves, weeded, mulched … am pleased with me. My gardens are ready for winter.
Leeks, beets, parsnips, celeriac and carrots are mulched with a thick layer of leaves which will protect them and I can harvest as needed throughout the winter, garlic beds also got mulched.
Harvest of the week included
Pulled 2 lutz beets on Monday to make borscht, but never got around to making it.
Decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather to get the outdoor chores completed so just pulled meals from the freezer. Beet roots are in storage but I did stir fry the greens with garlic and ginger for a side.
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All the above harvest was for a bean soup, but again never got around to it and they are in the fridge, hopefully I will make the bean soup this week.
The Beedy’s Camden kale is from seeds gifted to me a few years ago by Dave, Our Happy Acres. Was surprised the seeds were still viable.
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Decided to put my window boxes to bed for the winter. Below 2 photos are harvests from the window boxes.
The spinach and bok choys are in the fridge for now.
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Had to feature the following parsnip from LGHVG
Last Thursday during our morning work session at LGHVG, I was assigned the task of digging up the root crops for that evening Locust Grove Sunset Sensations. Imagine my excitement when I dug up the above parsnip (without breaking it).
The parsnip, on the right, from LGHVG, measured 20 inches in length, 11½ inches in circumference and weighed about 1½ pounds. The parsnip on the left is the same variety, hollow crown, from my garden and is the normal size we see in the food market.
After the excitement, the question we asked the horticulturists was: Is it woody? That was also the question the audience at Sunset Sensations asked.
The answer is: No.
The whole root was tender and edible.
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Will be MIA for a while.
Having a few sets of out-of-town guests. First set arriving this week. But before anyone arrives I need to finish unpacking the kitchen items that are still in boxes and bags. Yes, my kitchen reno was completed 3 months ago, I unpacked the essentials but never got around to unpacking the rest.
Also there are a number of chores that I have been putting off until “tomorrow” that can no longer wait until “tomorrow”. Will try to get to them in between guests. There is no garden to tend to and no blog post for a while, I really have no excuse for not completing them. The truth is those are chores that I hate reason they are still on the tomorrow’s list, but will try real hard to get them completed before the end of the year.
Happy Holidays! I will be back soon.
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