December 23, 2013
I harvested another patch of carrots yesterday in what is going to be the sweet potato patch this year. I wanted to clear it out so I could add some chicken manure from the coop – to give it some time to fertilize the patch before I plant the slips in the late Spring. The chickens ate all of my greens this Fall but hiding among the carrots was some baby spinach! I left that & hopefully, when it warms up in the Spring, it will be some of our first greens we have to harvest. 🙂
It has warmed up a few times this Fall and on those days, I have planted lettuce & carrots and covered them. Some of the carrots have sprouted but none of the lettuce has. I really miss my fresh greens!
So, this week, I went ahead and started some greenhouses. I do not have many milk jugs yet so I need to save them for things like tomatoes & peppers but for now, I went ahead and planted some lettuce & kale seeds in them. Because they are cool-weather crops, they will sprout & grow pretty quickly so I can transplant them & reuse the jugs for heat-loving crops. Maybe I’ll get a nice head start on my greens this way 🙂
I also went ahead and planted cabbage and broccoli in my greenhouses this week. Oh! Speaking of cabbage…I finally used my first cabbage! I have been making my own coleslaw for awhile now. It has always been a goal to use my own cabbage & my own carrots in the future and this week, the future arrived 😀
I’m sure this may seem silly to some but before my BTE garden, my past attempts at carrot-growing have been dismal…and growing my own cabbage seemed a lofty goal (I thought worm-infestation was inevitable). So my first coleslaw with my own cabbage & carrots was quite the accomplishment! It was SO yummy!
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