The Milkweed Diaries

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What's Still Growing In the Garden

Chinese Cabbage

It's been unseasonably warm this week, so we pulled back the floating row covers to reveal the toughest of the fall-planted veggies, still soldiering on even after nights in the single digits.

Here's what's still growing:

Chinese Cabbage 
Alliums-Leeks, Onions, Garlic, and Multiplier Onions
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Kale - Dino and Red Russian
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage
Brussels Sprouts (but still no sprouts!)
Lettuce - Winter Density, Italienischer, & Territorial Wild Garden Mix

Rhubarb Chard

I was saying to Christopher this morning that although it is satisfying to be able to go out to the garden in December and harvest produce for dinner, there's something about it that feels like fighting with the natural order.  Shutting the garden down as fall comes to an end is a ritual that has always seemed to me to be part of the cycle of the seasons.  

Lettuce: Territorial Wild Garden Mix (above) and Winter Density (below)

But it has been a valuable experiment growing a fall and winter garden, and next year we will probably do it again --on a larger scale--in the hoophouse.   

For now, I'm just grateful for some homegrown greens on my plate. It will be interesting to see how much longer everything lasts when normal winter weather returns.   


As the solstice approaches, this warm weather feels not quite right, but at the same time it is a welcome respite from the bitter cold. Kind of like garden-fresh veggies on your plate in December - a little unnatural, but delicious. 

All photos taken today in our garden...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

any pics of your floating row covers? i think it's great that you are eating from your garden in december. and even greater would it be to eat out of it every month of the year...unless there are months you aren't planning on eating! here's a link to an excerpty blog by elliott coleman (i replaced the actual dots.... with 'dot'-not sure if such was needed). thanks for growing good food. rev rivercane roundbelli xoxoxo http://www dot chelseagreen dot com/content/index.php?p=1695