Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kale and Lettuce for December Harvest

Dwarf curly blue kale and romaine lettuce mix in the garden on November 29. Kale does not mind hard frost and I think the lettuces have been somewhat protected by the surrounding buildings and plants. This kale has regrown from a complete shearing during a previous harvest.

Peas for December

This little garden has consistently exceeded expectations while defying the conventional rules of vegetable gardening. This garden is quite shady - especially now since the sun is not so high in the sky - and it's small. I thought it would be impossible to grow fava beans but planted them anyway and was delighted by the amazing black and white flowers as well as the harvest of beans. Many plants have done very well despite the lack of full sun-especially kale, lettuce, dill, beets, carrots, radishes, wild arugula, sorrel, many herbs, broccoli, swiss chard... I probably would not try growing tomatoes, peppers or squash in less than six hours of sun a day, but I definitely recommend experimenting with whatever conditions exist so that you can reap the wonderful rewards of the process and produce of vegetable gardening.
The seeds of these Wando pea plants were sown on August 16, 2011.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Borage still!

The enchanting borage still blooming heavily in late November in this zone 7 climate.
The value of its beauty in the garden is obvious. Here is a link to more discussion of its purported medicinal value.

salad burnet

Sanguisorba minor has a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Its interesting texture and beauty make it a fine addition to the kitchen garden.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Redbor kale

The redbor kale plants are so beautiful in the garden now as their color has intensified with the coolor weather. This is a delicious and highly nutritious comfort food that is easy to grow and provides fresh greens autumn into winter.