Monthly Archives: January 2012

Carrot Sprouts

These little sprouts were planted over a month and a half ago. Carrots seem to take quite a while to get established. They have really taken off the past few weeks. Carrots are supposed to be a 60 day crop - obviously that is under ideal conditions. I don't have ideal conditions where I live - it is usually too hot to grow these cool weather favorites unless I try to grow them during our coldest days of December thru February when we alternate between barely freezing and almost 70 degree days. Read more [...]


I planted spinach over a month ago, some 2 months ago. We have had some very cold days, but I really expected my spinach to be further along. For the first almost month after sprouting, the plants barely hung on. Within the past few weeks I can see them visibly growing larger. This tiny spinach plant has to be at least 6 weeks old. I don't think I noted the plant date in my garden notebook. (I really need to keep better records.) These little guys (or girls) are all over the rows where Read more [...]

Fava Beans

My big plot of Fava beans froze out during our unusually cold 'global warming' winter last year. This year I decided to grow them in the greenhouse. I planted mostly Broad Windsor, with a dozen Aqua-something-or-other at the other end of the growing row. They took a week or so to sprout, but once they did, they took off. These sprouts are about 2 weeks old. I expect the plants to top out at about 3 to 4 feet and hopefully be full of pods. They have very large pods that grow upward from the Read more [...]

Most of the Broccoli Has Been Harvested

This fall, I planted less than a dozen broccoli plants. I just didn't start enough seed, or start it early enough. This lovely plant has a beautiful head ready to be harvested. I usually grow heirloom varieties, these are Waltham, and I suspect that is the reason that the heads are looser than those sold in grocery stores. Three of these 4 plants have already had their main head harvested. If you look closely at the cut stems of this broccoli, you will see smaller heads. I am hoping they grow Read more [...]

Turnip Seedlings All Over The Place

I let several purple top turnips go to seed last year. I got at least 4 ounces, a quarter cup, of seeds - not counting the seeds that pop and land all over the place. This being said, this fall I generously scattered turnip seeds all over empty areas of the garden. I did this near the end of last year. It took the seedlings a while to establish. They are finally taking off. And some more: I suppose I should thin some of them. I will eat my turnip root/bulb, but I refuse to eat the greens Read more [...]

Cabbage Update

For my first new post on my new WordPress blog, I'll show a current - today - pic of some of the cabbage plants that I am so excited about - the ones that my last 'old' post was about. As of today, the end of January, these cabbages are finally forming heads. Hope I'm not boring you with so many status update shots of my cabbage, but I am so excited about them. If I had a large enough garden, I would plant a 100 foot row of cabbages. Last year they totally froze out, but this winter has been Read more [...]

Cabbages – Possibly My Favorite Winter Vegetable Crop

Originally published December 2011 I love growing cabbages.  I learned to like cabbage because I like to grow it.  I use it mainly in my stir fry in the summer and in my garden vegetable soup in the winter.  I have had good results in storing winter cabbage thru early summer.  Wrap it in newspaper and store in the refrigerator. I start my cabbage seedlings while it is still blistering hot in August.  I then have quite a time trying to keep them cool and yet in plenty of sun.  Here are pics Read more [...]


Originally published December 2011 Broccoli is always better out of the garden.  Here are 4 of my broccoli plants.  I started them from seed.  These are Waltham broccoli. I may need to cover them if this winter gets as cold as last winter, so they don't freeze before the heads form.  I am considering putting up a hoop cover on one of my long beds to to keep the cabbage and broccoli from freezing - if it gets unusually cold in January and February, like it did last year and kill out my plants. Worms Read more [...]

The Garlic Was Planted In September

Originally published December 2011 September is garlic planting time around here.  A soft neck silver skin is the type to plant here.  This bed is mostly the largest cloves from last year's heirloom harvest, with some large silver skin grocery store bought cloves mixed in. Although it is hard to see, this bed is slightly raised and planted inside of a steel-edged bed. Garlic and onions are very interesting plants. They are hard to kill and easy to sprout. Just take some large cloves (garlic Read more [...]