2014 Winter Crop Harvest

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.

TURNIPS:

About half the turnip seed I planted grew to maturity, and what survived was beautiful.

Purple Top turnips

Purple Top turnips

 

Golden Globe turnips

Golden Globe turnips

Trimmed and ready to cook….

Turnip harvest

Turnip harvest

KALE:

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.

Scotch Curled kale

Scotch Curled kale

SPINACH:

I think my spinach did the best during this cold winter. It grew large and tasty.

Giant Noble spinach

Giant Noble spinach

Bloomsdale spinach

Bloomsdale spinach

ASPARAGUS:

Here’s what I harvested over the course of the week.

Mary Washington asparagus

Mary Washington asparagus

BEETS:

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!

Early Wonder beets

Early Wonder beets

Chioggia beets

Chioggia beets

CARROTS:

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!

Parisienne carrots

Parisienne carrots

Scarlet Nantes carrots

Scarlet Nantes carrots

Did your winter crops survive the cold? What are you harvesting?

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