Monthly Archives: February 2012


I sprouted a few cauliflower plants and planted them in the location of this plant - I think this is cauliflower.  The shape of the tiny head is more like cauliflower than broccoli.   If it is, the head won't be blanched - it is probably too late to tie the leaves over the head, covering it up.  It will mature as green cauliflower.  I recall planting a few cauliflower seedlings, but they were smaller than the broccoli sprouts.   These plants grow differently than broccoli plants - these leaf Read more [...]

Garden Broccoli vs. Store Bought Broccoli

Here is a comparison between garden grown broccoli and store bought broccoli.  The garden broccoli is on the left, it is looser and I prefer to pick it just before it flowers, usually after a couple of yellow flowers have bloomed.  We like the lighter crunch texture of the larger, almost blooming broccoli buds.  Each individual almost blooming bud has a nice, light hollow crunch.  The store broccoli is more of a solid, hard lump that takes effort to chew. The store broccoli was picked way too Read more [...]

The Winter Garden Grows On

It looks like this winter we will not have the deadly freezes of last year.  It is mid February and we haven't had the below-freezing temps for days on end.  Last year it devastated the crops.  I had planned to build a hoop house out of one of my 4' x 28' raised beds, but I never had to actually put them up.  I expect to have to in a year or so since we are entering a mini-ice age. Most of the broccoli has been harvested.  This is the last big head. Early Jersey Wakefield cabbage, the head Read more [...]

Lettuce Sprouting All Over The Place

This past summer I let almost a dozen Parris Isle cos lettuce plants go to seed. I harvested over a quarter cup of seeds. Plenty of other seeds landed all over the place and sprouted in the walkway, in empty pots, in beds, just where ever they landed. Here are a couple of pics of lettuce sprouting in walkways: As a curious note: I have noticed that these saved seeds that I have deliberately scattered around in patches in the garden have produced a lettuce plant that never seems to fully mature Read more [...]

Lets Talk About The Lettuce In The Greenhouse

I grow my leaf lettuce in the greenhouse because leaf lettuce can freeze. I grow most of my cos lettuce outside because cos lettuce can freeze solid and thaw out perfectly in the sun the next day. It is amazing. Two views of the lettuce I grow on shelves in the greenhouse: The leaf lettuce is further in on the shelves, the cos lettuce is closer to the camera. These cos lettuce seedlings need to be planted in the ground outside: A closeup of leaf lettuce: Read more [...]

A Disappointing Sweet Potato Harvest

In an earlier post, I showed pics of the sweet potatoes that were growing in the greenhouse. (I planted sweet potatoes in the greenhouse ground, not knowing what else could grow in the sun-screened structure that still reached daytime temps well into the low 100s). Here is a pic, again of the sweet potato vines. They were prolific, constantly growing up the walls, only to fall back down onto the other vines when they grew too far up the walls. A very thick patch of vines. I planted them a bit Read more [...]