I am glad that I cleaned out the pepper patch the week before because the freezing temperatures were a surprise, the forecast offered no warning that it would get that cold. But we were overdue for a freeze, so it wasn't really too much of a surprise.
Last week Norma asked if the Red Salad Bowl lettuce is winter hardy. Here it is on the morning that the temperature dipped below freezing - splayed out and frozen - the plants are out in the open with no protection. I'm happy to report that it bounced back once the day warmed up and it is looking just fine. I haven't harvested any this week so I don't know if the flavor was affected.
|Frozen Red Salad Bowl lettuce|
This was my largest harvest for the week, another giant "scallion" and a little over a pound of Couve Tronchuda. This went into a riff on Caldo Verde that I made with Tarbais beans instead of potatoes and sweet Italian sausage instead of chouriço - it's yummy!
I used only the leafy parts in the soup, but I sliced up some of the stems to munch on raw, they are tender, crunchy, and taste like cabbage. I think I'll use the next bunch of stems sliced thin to make some sort of salad.
The weather lately has been either clear and cold and breezy with the first freezing temperatures of the winter, or gray and soggy. Neither type of weather has been conducive to gardening.
I also harvested a big bunch of Lark's Tongue kale that I used for another soup and some Kale Chips, but that didn't get photographed. And I found a few more peppers (pre-freeze) hiding in the pepper patch.
Here's all the harvests for the past week:
Apollo broccoli - 2.6 oz.
Purple Peacock broccoli - .2 oz.
Dorato di Asti celery - 4.2 oz.
Couve Tronchuda - 1 lb., 1.5 oz.
Lark's Tongue kale - 1lb., 2.5 oz.
Parade "scallions" - 1 lb., 5.6 oz.
Large Sweet Antigua pepper - 4.8 oz.
Odessa Market peppers - 6 oz.
The total harvests for the past week came to - 4 lb., 13.4 oz.
Which brings the harvests for the year up to - 768 lb., 10.9 oz. (or about 348 kilos)
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.