Last week we headed away to visit our girl in another city for a bit, so we stripped the gardens of everything we could find that was vaguely edible – both to take with us, and so it would not spoil while we were away. We got a pretty good haul:
PICKED LAST WEEK:
– Huge bowl of Mixed Kale
– Handfuls of Collard Greens
– 2 Milan White Red Top Turnips
– Bowl of Baby Patty Pan Squash
– Bucketful of Maori Potatoes
– 1 Queensland Blue large pumpkin
– 1 Bowl ripe Tomatoes
– Another bowl of nearly ripe Tomatoes (for pickles)
– Bunch of Baby Peas
– Pile of Green & Yellow Beans
– Bunches of Parsley
– 3rd Large Broccoli Head
– and one HUGE Strawberry!
What we couldn’t take with us to eat, we stored to use when we came back, or for us to have over winter.
Our Brassica’s, (Cabbage, Broccoli, Collards), we sliced up and put in the freezer. Same with the Peas & Beans.
We also made Vegie Stock and cooled that down, before putting it in the freezer as well.
Meanwhile, in the gardens, things are starting to look like winter is approaching – as old things die off. But, the new plants I put in a few weeks ago, are growing well and the autumn season is even helping some of them do better:
The newest plants are also looking good, Giant Chioggia, Misome, Tat Soi and Carrots. Although the White Cabbage Butterflies are less than they were a week or two ago, they are still around, so I have left the insect netting over them:
The other thing I am excited about this week, is the Red Onions I picked a couple of weeks ago; they are finally dry enough to either pickle or hang in the “cool room” which is the laundry off the back of our house, as it is very cold!
If you are a gardener, someone who grows good food for your family or those who are living off the land, this is wishing you all the best for your garden in the coming week, no matter where you are or what you are growing there. 🙂 Suz
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