Posted by: soniahs | January 7, 2013

A new year, and yet more collard greens

Well, it’s a new year, and I forgot to post the first Friday bunnyblogging for January. I’ll have to try to get some good photos of Noe for this week’s post. I did go to the garden today to check things out (we’ve been out of town for a few days) and gather some veggies for the next few days, so she got some of those to snack on.

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Happy turnips…

Weed growth is way down over the winter, though still no freeze. In fact, it’s been in the mid to upper 70s this week, and isn’t really forecast to get cold anytime soon. I’d really like to plant some of the new seeds we got- all cool weather plants- but I’m hesitating because it is after all still January. The new things I’d like to try out are red oak leaf lettuce, arugula, beets, radicchio, and nasturtium (though I believe the last is pretty weedy, so we’ll have to keep an eye on it). Speaking of weedy, the mint seems to love the cool weather:

Ominous tentacles of mint.

Ominous tendrils of mint.

As expected, the collards are also quite happy. We’ll have to do a big trimming this weekend. The carrots are not turning out as expected- they’re producing lots of leaves, but not very large carrots. Not sure why that’s the case.

Carrots and collards

Carrots and collards

Two of the remaining pak choi are blooming, and it’s neat to see how quickly they change shape. Bolting makes them tough and not good to eat, so I’m planning on just leaving them there. The bees seem to like the flowers.

Bolting pak choi.

Bolting pak choi.

The new mini-patch of radishes is being overshaded a bit too much by the collards, but two were pretty much big enough to harvest today. These are round red ones, unlike the last batch which were long and red. They seem to be doing well in the cooler weather, so we may plant a few more. Not really my favorite veggie (unless pickled) but Yan likes them (unless pickled).

Little radish, peeking out.

Little radish, peeking out.

So I collected a little bit of several things for this week, and brought them home. As I was washing them in the kitchen, Noe was napping on one of the chairs under the dining room table- her usual spot. Seems it was just too much effort to leap off the chair and beg in the kitchen, so she started to gnaw on the table to let me know that she needed a sample. Of course, I gave her something- some fragrant cilantro and a bit of pak choi. Spoiled bunny.

Italian parsley & cilantro, eggplant, misome, mint, carrots, radishes, collards, and pak choi.

Italian parsley & cilantro, eggplant, misome, mint, carrots, radishes, collards, and pak choi.

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  1. Hey could I have some mints. And one plant of mint, if u have more growing in your garden. I am only growing in pot. Your mints are growing really big leaves. Looks great.

  2. Sure-we’ll be pulling a bunch of it up soon & I can save you one of the parts with roots.


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