It's time to do another overview of the garden. This time I'm going to break it up into a few posts since it's easier to find the time to put together shorter posts. The winter bed is being featured today. The star of this bed so far is the lovely, but as yet untasted, Opal Creek Golden Snap Pea. Here's the first pod starting to size up.
The Opal Creek peas are on the left, on the right are Kefe Beinwil snow peas. The Kefe Beinwil plants aren't anywhere near as robust as the Opal Creek plants. Both plantings were sown on August 26 in paper pots and then planted out soon after they germinated. I started picking the Kefe Beinwil snow peas about three weeks ago. I got the seeds for both peas through the Seed Savers Exchange.
Here's some Kefe Beinwil pods. According to the SSE description "Kefe" means snowpea and the peas have been grown for generations in Beinwil, canton Aargau, Switzerland.
Kefe Beinwil has beautiful flowers. The plant is a modest producer of small but very tasty pods. The pods stay tender even when the peas start to develop. If I grow these again I will need to grow many more plants.
The Opal Creek plants, on the other hand, are loaded with blossoms. I should be harvesting a nice amount of pods in a couple of weeks.
From this angle, the Opal Creek plants are nearly obscuring the Kefe Beinwils. There's a couple of small Romanesco Broccoli plants in front of the peas. I lost my first 2 sowings of Romanesco to critters and the late start for the plants in the garden now means small heads this coming spring, if any. Some more starts are under the water bottles. The leafy plants to the left and rear are Smooth Leaf kale, Piracicaba broccoli, and Portuguese Dairyman's kale (aka Smooth Leaf Kale from the Azores). I'm planning on saving seed from the Portuguese kale next spring.
Looking from the other end of the bed, much of the garlic that I planted on October 25 is sprouting, some of it 5 days after planting! The brassicas from left to right are Cavolo Laciniato, Portuguese Dairyman's kale, and Piracicaba broccoli. There's young chervil plants growing under the Cavolo Laciniato, I'm not sure how that will fare through the winter, I'll see...
I should be harvesting kale and broccoli through the winter. The peas will shut down at some point but with a bit of luck they won't completely die and may regrow from their crowns in the spring. There's also a pot of lettuce coming along and I should be able to start cutting some in a few weeks. And I recently sowed pots with Vit mache and Tuscan arugula (the pot with the nursery flat on it for critter protection), they should breeze through the winter.