Fall Garden Update

I’ve been a little under the weather this week (I’ll spare you the gory details) but the veggie garden goes on. We’ve still got fresh turnips, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, radicchio, and tatsoi to harvest as we need them. Amazingly, we haven’t had enough frost here to kill the pepper plants. I can’t recall the last time we had pepper plants survive until Thanksgiving but it seems possible this year.

I’ve grown some small white turnips this year along with the old reliable Purple Top White Globe variety. I love the tender Hakurei turnips both raw and cooked. I also grew some Tokyo Cross, which are white too and a little larger than the Hakurei.

Hakurei turnips

Hakurei turnips

I’ve got some spinach coming up in one of my little greenhouse beds. I’ll sow some more outside in one of the 4×4 cold frame beds. Hopefully we’ll have spinach throughout the winter months and on into spring. Behind the spinach are some lettuce and escarole plants.

Spinach coming up in greenhouse

Spinach coming up in greenhouse

There’s a cold frame just outside the greenhouse that is full of lettuce at this moment. There are plants of every size and color. Whenever I harvest a lettuce plant, I immediately replace it with a seedling. I start lettuce seeds every 3-4 weeks, so I always have a ready supply of young plants. Leaf lettuce comes in so many colors and shapes, it makes me want to grow them all!

Bed of multi-colored leaf lettuce

Bed of multi-colored leaf lettuce

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3 Responses to Fall Garden Update

  1. Kathy says:

    Just a quick visit but I just love the photo in your header and I am also quite impressed with that “greenhouse” bed. We just started a garden this past summer but I plan to read up with Eliot Coleman over the winter and experiment with extending our harvest. Your lettuce and those turnips look really delicious!

  2. Villager says:

    Thanks Kathy! I got a lot out of reading Eliot’s Four-Season Harvest. I’ve got his latest book but haven’t started on it yet. Good luck to you with your experiments.

  3. Ray Hayes says:

    OMG! Your broccoli and walnut salad made me hungry! I LOVE that salad!

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