Yeah! The lettuce thinning I brought home from Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden mid-September and transplanted into window boxes are all growing well and all survived Friday night’s frost.
According to weather forecast this week day time temperature will range from 57°F to 84°F with night time temperature above freezing. Lettuce should grow quite a bit more. Planning to harvest the outer leaves sometime this week.
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Needed some carrots so pulled a few from the container. Pretty good size, sweet and tender.
The remainder carrots should be sweeter after Friday night’s frost.
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Got a basket of Red Giant Mustard, all are volunteers.
Made a simple stir-fry using the same method I used with the Semi-Heading Mustard. Click here to learn how.
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Leeks sized up quite a bit since mid-September. The beautiful long leeks in the photo below are a little under 4 inches in diameter. Long and fat, so cool looking! They went to a friend’s home.
King Richard has produced well for me every year, a keeper.
Now if only I could grow onions. Tried again this year and the results were better than last year, will try again next year and hopefully I get a good onion harvest.
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My Lutz beets continue to grow. The 2 in the photo below each weighs 1 pound and even at that size is not at all pithy.
Below is the cross section of the beet on the left.
While shopping, came upon packages of nice looking pork soup bones. Just what I needed to make a big pot of Pork and Beet Soup.
There is no recipe for the soup, besides pork bones and beet, I added tomato, leeks, bay leaf, peppercorn, fresh ginger and salt to taste.
While going through seed catalogs, I learned that my Lutz Beets are not true Lutz Beets.
True Lutz have glossy green tops without any purple veins.
But as you can see from the photo below my Lutz leaves are sporting purple veins and stems.
Some years ago Lutz got crossed up and as a result true seeds were hard to find. Thankfully Fedco Seeds has the real McCoy so for next year’s planting I am ordering from Fedco.
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Other harvests for the week include: sweet potato leaves, Peppermint Swiss Chard, broccoli florets and baby bok choy.
Got my garlic bed ready for planting. May plant later this week but most likely next week. Definitely planting German White and Duganski, both hard neck, may plant a row of German Red, also a hard neck, can’t make up my mind. Toying with the idea of planting a soft-neck variety as well.
Washed and sterilized my seed starting equipment. Sure glad that’s done, this is my least favorite part of gardening. Hoping to complete my garden clean up this week, if not next week the latest.
Still waiting for RAIN!
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