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Root Report & a Cow Pie

January 6, 2011

Our thaw came yesterday, it felt good to get above freezing for the first day in a while. We missed the gorge ice by about a mile, and here up on top we get the warm south air a little sooner.  The snow started to melt and 34 degrees felt downright hot for a change.

Being that I was curious to see how the garden was faring, and how much damage the voles were doing under their protective snow cover in addition to being low on some types of roots for the kitchen, I decided to do a small root dig.

Celeriac peeking out from the snow.

Some winters I get by without hilling a protective soil covering over my root crops, but only if we get an adequate snow cover first.  Our soil rarely freezes very deep, making the garden the best root cellar for some crops in our area.

Rutabagas looking good.

Hmmm, someone has been eating my carrots!    Is it the deer that the deer netting is supposed to keep out????

The camera doesn’t lie.

The Big Blue Varmint, Daucus digupicus eaticus.  We had a violent windstorm just before the snow, trees twisted in half and toppled, and apparently the deer netting blew around a little, conveniently for the mighty garden protectors!  I guess they figure if they eat the carrots the deer can’t?  A dog’s brain is a dangerous place.  Especially these two.

Brushing aside the snow the dog food ingots are revealed.

And promptly saved from the jaws of two curious Aussies.

Field washed.

Chopped and cooked.

Mixed with some leftover beef roast and gravy, and a jar of sweet peas from the freezer.

And topped with crust – Beef Pot Pie.  Or Cow Pie…

24 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2011 6:35 am

    What a beautiful beef pie. I like the cows on top of it. Melvin and Trace are such handsome dogs and I love the photos of your garden.

  2. Jen permalink
    January 6, 2011 6:40 am

    Oh, my. That looks soo tasty and wonderful. And the decorations you put on top of the crust – just that little extra touch makes it perfect!

  3. January 6, 2011 6:45 am

    Gorgeous Cow Pie!

  4. January 6, 2011 7:35 am

    Oh! You’ve just given me an idea of how to stretch the last of the pot roast I made. I love pot pie!

  5. January 6, 2011 8:14 am

    Not the kind of cow pie I was expecting you to talk about:) This one looks much better tasting:)
    I saw our Lab cruising for a last carrot or two the other day, and we have to make sure the gate is closed during raspberry season because the dogs would be in there helping themselves.

  6. January 6, 2011 8:40 am

    Cow pie. Oh my!

  7. Sue Sullivan permalink
    January 6, 2011 8:59 am

    Dogs eating carrots. Who’da thunk? Love that the pie cows seems to be in some warm, palm-treed clime! we can all dream in mid-January, can’t we?

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  9. michelle permalink
    January 6, 2011 9:46 am

    you crack me up- or maybe its the dogs that crack me up:) I love that we can store our veg in the ground. Perfect for the lazy gardener(not you- me!)

  10. January 6, 2011 9:48 am

    too funny! great pics and you had me on ‘cow pie.’

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  12. January 6, 2011 10:00 am

    LOL…I love the cow pie!!! I will be on the lookout for the Daucus digupicus eaticus…just in case they make it to these parts. 😉

  13. Anne Taliaferro permalink
    January 6, 2011 11:09 am

    I love the way you decorate your crusts! Good way to use those cookie cutters! My mom used to cut an apple shape and a “pi” symbol into her apple pies.

  14. January 6, 2011 12:03 pm

    That beef pot pie sure looks good! We haven’t had to many days with the temps below freezing, thank goodness but the winter months aren’t over yet, the last couple of years we have been getting our snow in February! Everyone around us has lots but not us.

  15. January 6, 2011 2:20 pm

    What a GENIUS name for the pie. I’m totally stealing that and using it.

  16. January 6, 2011 3:09 pm

    I thought when I saw your title, oh, she’s going to share beautiful foods and a cow pie???? LOL, what a delicious looking cow pie*wink* Of course Casino and Tuffy think the real thing looks good to them, LOL!!!!

    We have beets and turnips still in the ground, mulched heavily, am going to try to dig some tomorrow before our next sub zero front hits this weekend. I’ve been craving, Harvard Beets, as well as plain beets steamed but still crisp, sliced thin and topped with butter and bacon bits( real bacon bits, not the fake junk), Ummmm, Ummmm


  17. January 6, 2011 3:58 pm

    I was preparing not to like it but………YUM is right!

  18. Eliza J permalink
    January 6, 2011 4:24 pm

    I certainly did NOT expect the cow pie!….love the palm trees! I wondered the other day what the dogs were into…..mine love carrots too. Your dogs are beautiful ~ and love your pictures….stay warm 🙂

  19. January 6, 2011 6:06 pm

    I love how you top your pies with the unexpected! Such a nice surprise that shows your love to the family… I need to remember to do that!

  20. January 7, 2011 5:11 am

    Funny reading this I am reminded of both of my border collies would dig up the carrots and eat them. Love the pics. Make me hungry. Off to my chores I will read more later.

  21. January 7, 2011 1:28 pm

    That Beef Pie is too good! Cows and Palm trees! To my liking!

  22. Ellen permalink
    January 7, 2011 1:38 pm

    Living in BC, Canada, and growing my first celeriac this year – I too left some in the ground. They turned mushy and discoloured despite being covered with straw and a floating row cover. Parsnips, beets and carrots were no problem. Any suggestions why that happened? We did have a cold spell without snow.

    • January 7, 2011 1:51 pm

      Ellen, they may have frozen, the higher the sugar content of veggies the less susceptible they are to freezing. Celeriac isn’t very sweet, and seems much more tender in my garden. Or it could be brown rot, brought on by a boron deficiency or imbalance, and some varieties of celeriac are more susceptible to brown rot than others. When mine freeze, the tops are done too – so if you still have green, good looking stems, I would guess brown rot, and if the stems are shot, I would say freezing is the culprit.

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