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Fall and Winter Vegetables

October 30, 2014

Instead of living in the garden like we do in the summer, fall is the time to just visit the garden.  The soil is so wet, I cringe every time we harvest.

So harvests are done maybe on weekly basis now, if that.  It’s cool enough that root crops keep well on the shady side of the porch.

It’s also still warm enough with no frost in sight, that I haven’t installed the short, easy to drain hoses yet either.

It’s a little early for good flavor in the rutabagas since it has been so warm, but the short days are commanding winter-type dishes now.

Winterkeeper beet, Brilliant celeriac, Bandit leek, Red Cored Chantenay carrot, Gilfeather turnip(rutabaga), Joan rutabaga.

Winterkeeper beet, Brilliant celeriac, Bandit leek, Red Cored Chantenay carrot, Gilfeather turnip(rutabaga), Joan rutabaga.

One only has to see celeriac roots to see why it is such a good candidate for dry land gardening.  If that plant can’t gather up available moisture, I don’t know what will.  The leeks were the only vegetable in this array grown with supplemental irrigation.

Diablo F1 Brussels sprouts

Diablo F1 Brussels sprouts

Still in the garden are some other miscellaneous late fall plants.  Cold weather helps the flavor immensely.  I’m thinking by Thanksgiving we will be ready for some of these sprouts.  Personally I think there is some room for hybrid varieties of vegetables in my garden.  I have no desire to save seed from many vegetables because I just don’t have the space.  Growing hybrids is okay, especially when you get predictable results.

Kossak F1 kohlrabi

Kossak F1 kohlrabi

Another great hybrid, Kossak kohlrabi, these can get huge like Lutz beets and still be sweet and tender.  Well worth growing if you like kohlrabi.

Wild Garden Chicory

Wild Garden Chicory

And there is room too for open-pollinated experimentation.  Wild Garden Chicories is a great blend, and a good source of winter hardy greens.

Halloween or True Detective?

Halloween or True Detective?

You just have to remember to have fun while you garden…




5 Comments leave one →
  1. Shirley permalink
    October 30, 2014 8:36 am

    What all do you grow without watering in your dry land garden? Thanks for the pie recipe in your last post, I read it and went DUH, that is easy peasie! I was so stuck on the recipe on the Libby’s can that I did not think about simple custard.

    • October 30, 2014 8:53 am

      Shirley, corn (flint and sweet), potatoes, winter squash, carrots, beets, rutabagas, parsnips, celeriac, dry beans, flowers and herbs. Mostly staples and in large quantities for storage.

      I am sure a pie from the recipe is great, my mom used to make them that way, but I also saw her do a lot of adjusting to fit what we had on hand, seeing that gives you confidence in the kitchen. To dress it up for the holidays I add a hazelnut praline first, it makes it sweeter and kind of special.

  2. Chris permalink
    October 30, 2014 10:13 am

    Gorgeous veggies! And that is a great Halloween mask you have there! 🙂

  3. October 31, 2014 6:44 pm

    I LOVE the mask! Your sense of humor reminds me of a quote I once read that a farmer is nothing more than a man with a good sense of humus. 😉

  4. November 2, 2014 7:34 pm

    look at your gorgeous celeriac. WOW, jealous!

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