Saturday, October 17, 2009

What's Been Happening Lately

When I first started blogging a few months ago, I found myself thinking, "what could I possibly talk about when the weather gets colder?" And COLDER it has been. Even though the actual "growing" part has slowed way down, I still find myself pulled in many different directions...all of them leading back to the garden. I hope it will stay that way as winter commences. In no particular order, here's what's been happening in my gardening world as of late:

all lettuce mix
The all lettuce mix that I received from Johnny's is ready to harvest. I haven't had to buy salad greens from the supermarket in the past month and a half. It will be a sad day when I have to again.

chard seedlings
The rainbow chard is still tiny. I have some growing in pots (which I bring in at night) and inside one of my hoop houses. I'm wondering if it's possible to overwinter chard as I doubt I will be eating it any time soon.

flowering brassica
The flowering brassica is starting to bud. I harvested some for dinner earlier this week and it was delicious.

hakurei turnips 2
I can't say enough about these Hakurei turnips. Simply steamed and with a little bit of butter added, they taste to me like the best cauliflower I've ever had...but much easier to grow.

Rouge D'Hiver Lettuce
Some red romaine lettuce growing in a pot. I love how it radiates in the sun.

topsfield 3
topfield 2
We were able to make it to the Topsfield Fair last weekend. I always look forward to the livestock exhibits. In an ideal world, I would find myself living on a dairy farm on the coast of Prince Edward Island...milking cows and goats and making artisan cheese.

meyer lemons ripening 2
The Meyer lemons are slowly starting to ripen. They won't be ready until their skins turn a deep golden yellow....I'm guessing maybe sometime in November or December.

spring bulbs
Finally, I'm already looking forward to next spring. To me, there's nothing more comforting than seeing crocus emerge from the frosty ground. As a child, I used to love my dad's tulips. Hopefully these will turn out to be as beautiful as his.


  1. Quite lovely, all of it, including the dream...

    What will you do with your lemons whe they are ready?

  2. Pretty lettuce bed. I tend to slow down in posting when the garden is asleep, but I don't quit posting. I found last year in the winter I posted about three times a week. I think I shocked myself that I could find anything to post about.

  3. Hi Marie, I think I'm gonna make some Meyer lemon marmalade. Or maybe a tart. Other than that, I don't know!

    Hi Daphne, I think I'll do more cooking posts in the winter. Hopefully the garden won't be asleep for too long.

  4. I'm already dreaming about Spring, too - curious to find out how your garlic grows - I planted a variety called Creston - it is a stripey purple softneck.
    Book reviews are always good for wintertime blogging, too :-)