Harvest Monday, November 2, 2015 – Garden Survivors + Volunteers

Amazing how hardy many crops are, below are photos of survivors (of the many frosts and hard freeze for the past weeks) in my garden.


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Palla Rossa Mavrik Radicchio

Hoping the above radicchio will form solid heads. The ones planted in May were eaten by woodchuck so I re-sowed mid-July in cell pack and transplanted into the garden early August. July sowing is a bit late but still hoping.

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Celeriac & Parsnips

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Left: Celeriac, right Parsnips

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Left: Celeriac. Right: Parsnips

Pulled 6 celeriac, they were pretty good sizes. Shared with neighbors and friends who never had celeriac before but were willing to give it a try. Gave them ideas on how to use and they all loved it.

Parsnips are small, they never fully recovered from the damage done by the woodchuck earlier in the year. Leaving most of the plants in the ground and will mulch thickly with the hope that they continue to grow over the winter and by spring they will be larger. Parsnips are extremely hardy.

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Will mulch thickly before the ground freezes and harvest as needed over the winter months. If we have a mild winter they will survive until spring, but if we have another winter like the last one I will surely lose some, taking a chance.

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Napa Cabbage

Kinda late in the season so the above napa may not form solid head, still usable, need to keep an eye on the weather and harvest before a killer frost.

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Lutz Beets

The above were sown in mid-June and have formed nice roots. Trying to decide whether to pull all the plants now and store in the garage or take a chance, mulch and harvest as needed over the winter, beets are not as hardy as the parsnips.

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Beets, Left: Unknown Variety. Right: Lutz

The beets on the left are from LGHVGarden spring planting leftover seedlings. Was worried they would be woody but they were fine. The Lutz beets on the right was my second crop directly sown mid-June.

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Swiss Chards

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Swiss Chard – Fordhook Giant, Golden & Ruby Red Rhubarb

The above chards were directly sown mid-July. The Peppermint chard below were started in cell pack in March and transplanted to the garden in early May, leggy but still growing strong. Need to harvest all before a killer frost.

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Peppermint Swiss Chard

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Flat Leaves Parsley

Parsley is pretty hardy, will leave in the garden.

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Goji plant with Berries

Was most surprised to see so many Goji berries on the plant.

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I allow some of the mustard plants to go to seeds and self sow, now I have 3 different varieties of mustard volunteers growing in the garden. All will be harvest before a killer frost.

Volunteer Mustards

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Red Giant Mustard

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Green Mustard

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Mustard – Left: Green. Right: Red Giant

Harvest over one pound of green and red mustard, all volunteers. These will go into the freezer for later use in soup.

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Ruby Streaks Mustard

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Ruby Streaks Mustard

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Ruby Streaks Mustard

Planted only one variety in the spring, some of the plants seeded and self-sow. Don’t know why, but now I have 2 different varieties of Ruby Streaks Mustard.

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Had a few nice days and was happy to get my cell packs and trays washed, sterilized and ready for next year’s seed starting and spring planting. Now I can winterize my hoses.

Got my winter deer fences up, azaleas, mountain laurels, … are protected from foraging deer.

Did some pruning and weeding but still much to do. Pleasant weather is in the forecast for this whole week, nice treat, would be great if I can get all outdoor chores completed before the end of the week, working towards that goal.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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28 Responses to Harvest Monday, November 2, 2015 – Garden Survivors + Volunteers

  1. Here’s to me getting to my outdoor goals too Norma. We had friends visiting and then the rain set in.
    Have a wonderful and happy week.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. I’m surprised that you still have chard – mine at the Farm was killed by that freeze 2 weeks ago. Must be location dependent, perhaps the slope made your garden a bit warmer.

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Lucky neighbours!! I wish I lived closer, Norma.

  4. You have a wonderful variety of survivors and volunteers growing there Norma! I am always amazed at how hardy some veggies are. That radicchio is especially lovely, I hope it heads up for you in time.

  5. kim says:

    Amazing that you are still harvesting! Enjoy this warmer weather while you can…you know what is coming :0(. 80 here over the weekend made it perfect for bike riding with friends from Raleigh.
    Come on down! Happy Gardening

  6. Just look at those Mustards… they look amazing Ms. Norma. You always seem to inspire me when you post about what you’re growing and you’re amazing city photos. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I just enjoy it so much.

  7. Jenny says:

    Love your selection of roots and greens! Just wonderful to have so many varieties to choose from.

  8. Kristy says:

    I hope you’re having a beautiful and productive week Norma! I keep hearing that we’re in for a mild winter this year. We’ll see…Have you heard anything? Everything is looking good as always, but the leeks really jumped out at me. Maybe because when I think of leeks I’m reminded of a good risotto. Mmmm!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kristy,
      So far so good, having summer-like weather in November and working outdoor in t-shirt, how cool is that! Yes, I heard we are going to have a mild winter courtesy of El Nino. I would love a bowl of your good risotto right now.

  9. dvelten says:

    Great job on the fall greens, wish I had planted more. I think your parsnips and even the celeriac will be OK in the ground. I have chiseled leeks out of frozen soil and they were OK, but last year around here, leeks left in the garden were mush by spring.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello David,
      I know the parsnips will be OK but not so sure about the celeriac. We are supposed to have a mild winter, courtesy of El Nino, going to take a chance this year.

  10. Your crops did not just survive the frost they flourished! so healthy and delicious and so many meals ready to be served from Norma’s kitchen

  11. Karen says:

    This is a wonderful post to show just how hardy many vegetables and herbs are.

  12. Phuong says:

    Your mustards, radicchio, and beets looks amazing. And your leeks are gigantic.

    I’m growing chicory for the first time and am hopeful for some nice big crunchy leaves come February. I think radicchio is a form of chicory, does yours last through the winter?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Phuong,
      Radicchio is also referred to as chicory. Unfortunately mine does not last through our severe winter but the root I leave behind will send out shoots in the spring but will not form heads.

  13. Nancy Davis says:

    Hi! It would be nice if I was still getting an eighth of what you are still harvesting. How nice! I have given up for the winter! Nancy

  14. hotlyspiced says:

    Shame about the parsnips. How lovely to have the goji berries. I do love celeriac. The leeks, beetroot and parsley are all looking good. Good luck with the frosts xx

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