This time of year in the garden can be an interesting proposition. Sometimes we have had killing frosts by this time and tender greens are shot, other times we shuffle through fall into winter just getting a taste of the cold that is to come. We’ve been having regular frosts, but the greens look surprisingly good.
Since our weather has been mild instead of wild, I have been harvesting several times a week. Jane isn’t eating too many roots yet because our grass is still in pretty good shape, so mostly the roots have been for us. Jane gets blems and odds and ends, and the good specimens go to the kitchen.
Mangel, beet, kohlrabi and rutabaga greens in good shape go to the kitchen. Discarded greens go to the chickens except parsnip and carrot tops which go back to the garden for carbon to replace a little of what we took out in vegetables.