|"Nantes half " and "cosmic purple" carrots|
We're headed down to south Florida to celebrate the holiday with my daughter and her husband. My contributions to dinner come from the garden.
I planted most of these veggies on Labor Day and wrote about in this post: Fall Edibles. I'd planted two types of carrots, "nantes half" and cosmic purple." The purple carrots have matured faster than the orange ones. They both taste great because they are so fresh, but the purple ones flavor is more complex--my husband called the flavor "darker."
|The whole harvest|
The Total Harvest
The two types of carrots; "lollo rosso" red leaf lettuce; sugar snap peas; several sprigs of blooming basil; three sprigs of Greek oregano; and not shown, several birdhouse gourds. (See below.)
I removed the tops of the carrots and pre-washed them with rain barrel water. In the kitchen I washed the carrots again. I rinsed the lettuce to get rid of any sand and drained it thoroughly and then patted it dry.
Except for the gourds, everything is in sealed plastic bags in the fridge and will be transported in a cold box so the veggies all stay cool.
I planted garlic bulbs the first week in October, as I discussed in Fall weather and planting garlic in wide rows. Now (seven weeks later), all but one of the bulbs have sprouted and a couple have double sprouts, which means that I did not separate all the individual bulbs. These will grow through the winter and will require no particular attention except for irrigation if the weather is really dry for more than a few weeks.
I have yet to harvest a good fall tomato crop. I'm trying again this year; I bought three "solar heat" plants from Home Depot in August. One plant died, but the other two have grown okay. As of now we've only had a couple of tomatoes. The days are short and the weather has been cool, so I'm not holding my breath for oodles of tomatoes. But our first killing frost comes sometime in mid to late December, the plants are still blooming, and green tomatoes are hanging from the vines, so maybe it will warm up enough so we can have a bunch of vine-ripened tomatoes for Christmas.
Gardeners are always optimistic, but my husband laughingly calls these the $64 tomatoes--a slight exaggeration.
|Two low hanging gourds are suspended from a pokeweed stalk.|