This past weekend, I harvested the bulk of my winter crops. Considering we had several frosts and two ice storms AFTER I planted, I’m surprised I harvested anything. I harvested the rest of my radishes and lettuce a couple weeks or so ago. Here’s what I harvested this past weekend.
About half the turnip seed I planted grew to maturity, and what survived was beautiful.
Trimmed and ready to cook….
I usually harvest my kale a few leaves at a time over the course of several weeks. I wasn’t able to do that this time. Due to the cold, my kale was slow growing. So, I got this one full harvest of about a dozen small plants.
I think my spinach did the best during this cold winter. It grew large and tasty.
Here’s what I harvested over the course of the week.
I didn’t think I was going to get any beets at all this year because of the cold. I figured I’d pull the beautiful beet greens and saute them in olive oil and garlic. Lo and behold, there were beets underneath the soil! Small ones, but still beets. So, I got a bonus. I can make up a meal of roasted beets and still have a couple meals of beet greens. Sweet!
I was concerned I wouldn’t get any carrots. They took a long time to germinate – again, because of the cold. If I had been able to leave them in the ground for two more weeks or so, they would’ve been the perfect size. However, I’m okay with small carrots. Great for snacks. They are so sweet!
Did your winter crops survive the cold? What are you harvesting?