Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chard and turnips... &c.

The chard and turnips that I sowed back in October are ready for harvest, so about sixty days from seed to harvest. That's considerably longer than the times listed, but of course those are days-to-harvest numbers for spring sowing. I pulled up some of the turnips two nights ago--the size of golf balls and sweet enough to eat like radishes. I browned them in butter, then tossed in their still-tender leafy greens and cooked them for a few more minutes. A dash of vinegar and plenty of salt, and that was supper.

Squirrels have played havoc with my radishes and carrots... I don't know how the know, or why they do it, but every time I sow those two seeds, the darn beasts spend the night digging in those rows. This has happened at least half a dozen times this fall, and as a result, I have hardly any carrots or radishes growing and I had to order more seeds...

On the plus side of the ledger, my lettuces are finally doing well, Jericho in particular. The warm weather has quickened the tomatoes and I harvested the first Jetsetter a few days ago. Very tasty and much better quality than I'm used to for winter tomatoes.

1 comment:

Alan said...

My turnips have been doing great this year as well. The onions are doing even better. They're shaping up to be a bumper crop this time.

I put my one planting of chard in too early so it suffered from the heat. Same for my carrots and the second planting started off good then slowly faded away on me. I'm not sure why.

It's been a bit of a maddening season this time around. Got frost a month early to whack the warm weather veggies then more than two weeks of temps over 75 in December to make my broccoli bolt!

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