Decided to harvest all but the 2-3 center leaves from each of the 10 spring planted Peppermint Swiss Chard and leave the leggy plants in the ground to hopefully survive in the garden over the winter.
This will most likely be the last harvest for the year. Total harvest was slightly under 2 pounds.
Cut chard into bite-sized pieces, combined with a thinly sliced leek (leek was camera shy). Sauteed in garlic and fresh ginger infused oil until tender, S&P to taste. Tossed in grated lemon zest, dried cranberries, toasted slivered almonds and a squirt of fresh lemon juice to taste. Yummy!
The chard had a milder flavor and sweet taste after the frost.
As you can see from the above photo the plant (one of the 10) is very leggy. Throughout the year I have been harvesting the outer leaves reason for the legginess.
The photo above and the photo below were taken 4 days apart, I think the chard grew during that time. Who knows, I may get another harvest after all. That’s parsley on the left.
A mild winter is predicted by some so decided to mulch the leggy plants (instead of pulling them as I have been doing previous years) with shredded leaves hoping they will survive the winter.
Swiss Chard is a biennial (will seed the second year). If my plants survive the winter I will have a jump start on the growing season when I harvest tender Swiss chard early in the spring. What a delicious treat for that time of year especially when not much is happening in the garden yet.
When the plants are about to go to seed I will pull them all to make space for other crops.
Do you overwinter crops? Please share your experience.
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Got another basket of Red Giant Mustard, the leaves have a darker maroon color due to the cold weather, so pretty.
All the mustard in the basket are volunteers.
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Harvested all the snow peas growing in the foam ice chest mentioned in my November 9, 2015 post. Only 12 peas but still a good looking bunch and a treat for late November.
These are the last snow peas for the year until spring. Now that I have proven that it is possible to grow snow peas successfully in container I will be growing more next year.
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Container Bronze Mignonette Lettuce (left in photo below) continues to grow well and I am still harvesting outer leaves as needed. It sure is a hardy lettuce.
The lettuce on the right (not sure of the variety) in the above photo started to bolt so I brought in the whole head.
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
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