A row of beets flanked by two rows of spinach.
Chicory and a wayward asparagus fern.
Italian sprouting turnip needing to be harvested.
Flanked on both sides by tall sprouting turnips and sprouting broccoli, the carrots may never have had a chance.
Little lettuce starts that I finally planted in the ground, mainly Susan Green Oak and Arctic Crisp.
Turnips germinated in just 4 days, yayyy!
These are my two newly seeded/planted beds. On the left I tried Granny's homemade seed tape technique for carrots, turnips, and lettuce using paper towels and Elmer's glue. On the right is four regular rows of spinach, fennel, turnips, and radishes.
Fennel seedlings look very similar to spinach seedlings.
Basil still alive, although there are a few dark spots from when they were touched by cold.
Green eggplants still forming, there's 3 dangling fruits on this plant.
The wayward eggplant is in the asparagus nursery bed. The asparagus is looking great even for how late in the season it is.
On the other end of the asparagus nursery bed is a couple artichoke plants, and you can make out a few lemon grass plants.
The daikon radish are starting to form, so exciting.
Ah. Watching the weather with hawk-eyes, trying to outrun the cold and get some fall planting done. I finally got the last of the lettuce, spinach, Asian greens, radishes, carrots, beets and turnips planted about a week and a half later than I had planned but at least it’s done. I’m crossing my fingers and toes for a mild December like the weather people are predicting but we shall see. We’ve been eating lots of radish and turnip greens from thinning their beds, the radish greens are perfect because the stems cook up tender and thus they don't require de-stemming. The greens have been tasty sautéed with onions and garlic, a dash of Vietnamese fish sauce and sometimes finished off with a couple of eggs cracked over the top and cooked sunny-side up and then served atop rice. Sometimes I add a squeeze of lime but lately I've been eyeing the flavored vinegars at the grocery store.
The radish roots themselves have been pretty spicy with the warm weather, I’ve been giving them to a friend who enjoys the extra bite. The October planting of radishes should be wonderfully mild and crisp and grow to gargantuan size by early December.
And come to find out most of the carrot beds that were planted at the end of August are now pretty much shaded most of the day, so there’s little chance for those carrots to mature. The beds I’ve been planting this week get a lot more sun but it is getting way late in the season. Gardening in a new place does that to a person. Our old place got full sun all day long and everything grew and grew fast.
There's still 2 beds left that can be planted up but it's probably not going to happen. In the spring my husband is planning to till the whole yard and rake it flat, so garlic will have to be planted in containers.