What with one thing and another, I seem to have strayed away from my primary blog theme of green issues so far this year. An occasional deviation would be OK I think, but nothing at all so far? Hmm, not so good.
And so this afternoon after I finished work I went outside to tend my garden. It has been pretty cool here, well cool for us, but nothing like so many of you are experiencing right now. I always think that I want to live somewhere that has snowy winters, but I have to admit that I have been a little less inclined to be outside the past few weeks even in our balmy coolness.
The garden looks OK. I still have radishes, and lots of them because now that I have discovered I can grow them, I find that none of my family will eat them. Typical, although I have to confess that I have never been very fond of them myself. I also have some lovely parsley, and a few spindly snow pea plants. This bed contains tiny leeks and green cabbages, spinach, carrot, cilantro, and dill plants.
There are also baby lettuces all over the place. I think there must have been a few stray seeds when I sowed them!
I have some maturing cauliflower and broccoli plants,
and the red cabbages are slowly forming heads. I am especially proud of my swiss chard which is producing well, and is delicious.
None of my kale grew well. I will have to try again. I also got caught out when our first frost of the season hit a few weeks ago, and my eggplants got frosted. I managed to cover them after that first night and they seem to be recovering now I am glad to say.
I harvested some baby lettuces and the first of the broccoli and cauliflower for dinner this evening. I have never grown either broccoli or cauliflower before and they are two of my favorite veggies. I can't believe that I actually managed to grow some myself.
I have a constant companion with me everywhere I go these days. Tex will not leave my side and now seems to view me as his exclusive master. It has been very nice though I have to admit after I thought we may lose him!
I start classes again tomorrow and didn't do many of the things that I had planned for my break. Time seems to be one of the most precious commodities around here these days.