Is it just me, or did winter come sooner this year? Summer has come and gone and so have my favorites, tomatoes and squash. With the summer garden completing it’s cycle, we anticipate the winter garden. Right now we are enjoying a wide variety of lettuces, each with their own wonderful flavor. We are making the best salads!
The picture below is the upper garden where the greens and lettuces are growing, as well as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Starting at the bottom left, you can see my attempt to grow beets. The red leaves on the left are all that came up, and I planted them twice. So the common denominator is me and the seeds and I don’t know which was the cause for them not growing. I know some of you could care less about beets, but fresh, home grown beets are really sweet and tasty.
The next row up is the lettuces and mesclun mix. As you can see, they are growing really well and produce the best greens for salads. We are really happy with them.
The next row up, starting from the left to right, is Bright Lights Chard, kale and arugula. Next row up is cabbage, both green and red and the next rows are broccoli and cauliflower.
This next picture is broccoli and if you look really close, on the left hand side of the broccoli is a leaf with a worm on the vein. The worm is bright green and almost the same color of the leaf. These are the guys who make the holes in the leaves. Eric has been picking them off by bare hand. Yuk! I can’t bring myself to touch them. The best I can do, is pick them off while wearing gloves and then feed them to the fish in the pond. (Eric squishes them by hand too…..double yuk!!!)
The cabbage are starting to form and I took this picture because I think the colors are so pretty.