Kentucky Fried Garden is my journal of vegetable gardening in humid western Kentucky USDA zone 7a. Knowing where my food comes from and whether it comes from non-genetically modified seed is important to me. I try to use open pollinated varieties in an effort to continue maintaining the diversity of food plants available to humans. Trying to extend the harvest by experimenting with hardier varieties and overwintering plants will be one of my projects.
January 8, 2018
Harvest Monday, 1/7/18
The little turnips were roasted on Friday for dinner and they were delicious. There's definitely a difference in flavor with each variety. Some were sweet, some were savory, and just a couple had a touch of pungency.
It's been pretty cold here the last couple of weeks. We've been enjoying 7 degree (-14 Celsius) temperatures regularly, so there's not much salvageable in the garden except turnips, corn salad, and spinach.
With the passing of the new year, it is about time to think about starting onion, leeks, and shallot seeds. If it warms up enough I'll probably start them at the end of January or beginning of February in the unheated greenhouse. I've also been thinking about trying potatoes again. They were so easy to grow in Idaho, but I've had zero luck growing them in Kentucky. Either way, I am very excited for the coming gardening season.
Please join us for Harvest Monday hosted by Michelle at From Seed To Table.
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I thought it was cold enough here but nothing like as cold as you are experiencing. There will be no seed sowing here for a while,
Turnips are such an under appreciated vegetable. I don't have any to enjoy at the moment because I didn't get around to sowing them in the fall. I can't believe the cold blast that the eastern states are enduring, especially since it's been unusually warm here.
That plate of turnips makes my mouth water. I like turnips but it is impossible to find young ones in stores and for some reason bulby things like turnips and beets go right straight to flowers here.
It has been unusually cold this year, it gives me hope that maybe the bug population will be less this summer. It's amazing that your rhubarb is breaking dormancy already, hinting of spring to come.
Cooked turnips are truly lovely, I can see why people enjoy mashed turnips instead of mashed potatoes. I do wish our radishes did better, but we have some tiny ones I'm going to roast.
Even with our beautifully long falls, I am completely unable to grow beets. I'm going to try a spring planting this year instead.
Your garden is really beautiful this time of year, that agave is amazing and I didn't realize orange trees actually got that large.
Hi Phuong - They look delicious! What's your top-tip variety?
The turnips look wonderful! I had some amazingly sweet turnips a couple of years ago, but lately they have been a bit on the spicy side, probably because they were touched by too much heat.
I'm so excited for the coming season as well and will be seeding my onions not much later than you are. Hurray for a fresh start!
Your turnips sound good. I haven't had much luck; they want to bolt quickly. I think our hot dry weather is to blame
I grew a couple of red varieties Tsugaru Scarlet turnip and Red Round turnip, both did excellent in the garden and formed roots quickly. They were both slightly sweet and savory with just a touch of pungency.
I'm very excited about this coming gardening season. This year we're going to grow two big patches of corn. I found a black variety that's supposed to be a good sweet corn from Baker Creek, fingers crossed since I've never grown corn here before.
It gets too hot here to do a springtime planting, they get super spicy and bolt. I don't even bother growing radishes in the spring.
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