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  • Sunday, October 26, 2008

  • So for my business, Foodscaper, my awesome officemate made me a cool new logo!

    October Updates

  • So although the frost came and went, a few updates:

    • CSA ended last two weeks ago :( Last pick up we picked peanuts which was CRAZY weird and fun!
    • Picked up three truck fulls of manure, 2 from George, 1 from someone on Craig's list
    • Have been mowing leaves and grass to get more material for lasagna beds
    • Finally got garlic beds ready to plant!
    • Used mantis to till up old beds and working to create three more
    • Made 'mock' jelly with green tomatoes!
    • Dehydrating up a storm! Squash, potatoes, jalapenos, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes etc.
    • Winter garden doing GREAT! All the greens are doing well.
    • Was on a cable cooking show talking about being a locavore and cooking in-season food!


    It came....killer frost.

  • Monday, October 20, 2008
  • So I prepared, and it came- the first killer frost.

    Here is my view this morning. I took off my tomato blanket which was covered with ice - not sure how they fared, I will see them this afternoon! What a blanket of white ice!

    Ode' to the First Killing Frost...

  • Sunday, October 19, 2008
  • Well here I am, sitting in my warm house reflecting this year's garden.....tonight the first killing frost is predicted and I must say goodbye to this year's core growing season. Now don't get me wrong, things are still growing, my kale, tatsoi greens, garbanzo beans, lettuce, and turnips - but the bulk of my garden will look droopy and will destined for the compost pile.....

    So my real adventure begins now. My objective for this year's garden was to grow and preserve enough food to feed my family (for veggies only) for the entire winter. I have diligently canned and dehydrated and frozen and NOW is my time to break into my stash. Wow - during the height of the season this day couldn't come quick enough, and now- it seems it came too quick. Here is a snapshot of all of the canned and dehydrated treats that are waiting to be cooked!

    So in one last stance, I blanketed up my tomatoes in hopes it would protect them from the cold. I know, a futile attempt, but the attempt at least made me feel better, and provides a very funny picture!

    More info on Winter Garden Plants

  • Thursday, October 9, 2008

  • Winter Garden -- things growing.

  • So here are the things I am growing with some notes so I know how and when to harvest!

    Southern Giant Curled Mustard
    1935 All-America Selections Winner! 56 days. Brassica juncea. Plant produces good yields of large green frilled mustard leaves. Superb flavor. High in Vitamin A, B, and C. Excellent freezing and canning variety. A traditional Southern favorite. United States Department of Agriculture, NSL 6133. Plant Height: 24" tall. pk/100

    Tatsoi Mustard
    55 days. Brassica juncea. Plant produces good yields of flavorful mustard leaves. This oriental vegetable forms dense leaves that can be also be harvested as a whole plant and bunched. Excellent greens used in salads or cooked. pk/100

    Seven Top Turnips
    45 days. Brassica rapa. Plant produces high quality of tender turnip greens. One of the most flavorful fresh greens on the market. Roots are woody and should not be eaten. High in Vitamin A, B, and C. Excellent freezing variety. United States Department of Agriculture, NSL 6121. pk/50

    Red Russian Kale (& Squire Kale)
    50 days. Brassica oleracea. Early variety produces flavorful red and blue-green leaves. An heirloom presumably brought to America by a Russian trader. Very winter hardy, withstands colder weather.