This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.
Monday, December 14, 2009
my frozen garden
All the greens are frozen now. No more escarole or bok choy. Only my little patch of kale is still edible.
We still have no snow but the ground is rock hard here as well. New bok choy will be growing in no time. I can almost taste the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, soy & bok choy already...
My kale is also the only edible thing left. I haven't a clue as to how long it will last in the ground since I haven't grown it before.
My kale gets kind of mushy tasting sometimes mid way through the winter. But sometimes I've found delicious kale in the spring. I think it depends on the variety and the weather/snowcover.
Just a few miles west from you, Kathy, I have over a dozen varieties of greens growing outdoors, up until today aided only by a single layer of floating row cover. Today we built better, stronger (read: snow crush-proof) framing for the cover and added a layer of plastic to the outside. Just the row cover alone kept things beautiful up until now, 2 snowfalls into the winter.
The snow got ahead of me and buried some bok choi and Brussels sprouts. What was I thinking? Too busy with the holidays...
Enjoy the kale for as long as you can. It's our great love!
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