18 October 2009

as winter approaches...

the garlic is in the ground. maybe too early? i don't know. it rained for days. the garlic arrived,
the sun came out, i planted the garlic. couldn't help it.

also dragged the cold frame over from our old yard and plopped it over some beets and leeks that are still in the ground. i had wanted to put in some kale and broccoli starts, but i guess i waited too late because i can't find them anywhere. one of my permaculture friends said it would be worth a try to stick some seeds in the ground right now. apparently, brassicas love to germinate in this kind of weather, and while they probably won't grow much over the winter, i might get some baby kale leaves, and we may have early broccoli in the spring. it was tough finding even seeds at the local nurseries. i finally found some bulk seeds at the farm-and-feed co-op, and went a little nuts. i planted cabbage, broccoli, kale and arugula seeds in the cold frame. so far, the kale, broccoli and arugula have germinated. we had our first frost last night. i got the windows on the cold frame just in time. i'm excited to see how the cold frame works when it actually sits in the sun all winter!

we are still harvesting tomatillas, hot chilies and cilantro (made some yummy salsa verde last night, for our housewarming party). we still have parsley, basil, sage, beets, carrots and LEEKS! most of the leeks are reserved for our most favorite leek and goat cheese galette, but we did harvest a few, and made a simple dish involving a lovely, mustard vinaigrette.

the neighborhood is bursting with brilliant fall color, i'm drying and sorting seeds, and dreaming, already, of next year's garden.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

dh says it's not too early to put in the garlic - if we weren't out running errands half the day today, he might have too. ;) He usually plants them late October.

We had a great leek harvest this year too! Could you share your recipes for cooking them - both the galette and the simple dish you mentioned? Dh makes a wonderful potato-leek soup, but I would like for him to try something different too. :)

I'm surprised you still have tomatillos! Our tomato plants have all died (except the one in the greenhouse).