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in the garden, october







Fall is definitely here – on the trees, in the meadow, in the garden.  We have had some pleasant fall weather of warm days and cool nights, but we also had 11 days of nearly continuous rain.  We needed the rain, but the last 3 chilly days of it pouring down were disheartening.  The sun has come back now and I am back in the garden a bit.  Mainly to pick greens, but I did some weeding after all that rain, too.  The greens are plentiful and delicious.  I am eating salads nearly everyday, and collards and kale are showing up in most suppers.  I will freeze some soon so we will have them through some of the winter too.  I’ve got quite a few jalapenos in the garden still – and the plants have started blooming again!  Of course, they will be killed by a frost before any baby peppers have even form, but they are pretty with the red peppers and white blooms.  And, my marigolds, scattered throughout the garden are vibrant now.  I may need to get out and pick some for a dye bath.  Finally, the pears are coming down fast in the large tree by our house.  I hope we’ll make cider this weekend.


garden update: into the fall










We might have one more pumpkin in the field left to pick and a few winter squash.

Flowers are still producing well–and I enjoy getting down to pick them–nearly all zinnias this year. Such cheerful flowers.

We’ll probably pick the popcorn soon. Hythe is nearly desperate to do it and points out each time we are near the garden that “the corn is dead”.

The first turnips have been picked. Look at those greens–so many and so beautiful! I froze the greens to eat this winter, but I’m planning to cook the turnips tonight with bacon and onions.

Hythe got the first carrots out of the garden. Little baby ones, which he disdained after tasting. They are a little bitter at this point. But, it helps to thin those carrots a bit.

We are eating salads from the garden again (and still outside)! Lots of arugula and a little bit of leaf lettuce so far. I hope the rest of the lettuce I planted comes up. I put in a large row of an unknown lettuce seed (which I found at the bottom of my briefcase), but I am afraid the seed was not good. It has not come up.

The radishes are huge! They grew so fast with the wet warm weather. I’ve picked nearly all I planted and not knowing much else to do with a lot of large pretty radishes, I pickled them! These pickles are so delicious, especially with meat (especially BBQ pork), and they will last all winter in the refrigerator. Not only delicious, these pickles are beautiful, but they are a bit smelly (pungent-good smelly, but smelly). Recipe below.

Also, my ginger lilies are blooming. They don’t always make it here with our cold weather, but I’ve found a protected place for these with full sun and they are happy. The scent is heavenly! Plants, thanks to Nita (an almost-aunt) who is one of my gardener inspirations.

Recipe for Pickled Radishes (update):

Put in a jar:
3.5 cups sliced radishes
1 sweet onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic

Make brine and pour over radish mix:
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 star anise
1 tsp coriander seed
1 bay leaf
3 tsp kosher salt