Happy new year, everyone! Welcome to my first update of 2015. It’s a new year, a new opportunity to expand our horizons, and a new chance to grow more and harvest more. This past week, I looked at seed catalogs, weeded, harvested, and planted peas and spinach and lettuce. The weather has been rather warm, but a cold winter blast is on its way. Next Wednesday night will go down to 20 degrees. Big difference from yesterday’s high of 74. Ah, the joys of living on the coast of South Carolina. Regardless, it IS nice to still be gardening in the winter.
I was looking at my brussels sprouts the other day, checking on them to see how they’re doing. (This is my first year growing them.) And look what I found on the largest plant – little buds that will become brussels sprouts! They’re nestled where the leaves attach to the stalk.
IN THE GARDEN:
I planted more lettuce along my front walkway – to fill in the spots where the kale didn’t germinate or where I already harvested. The kale and reine des glaces lettuce that I planted among my herbs are doing well, and I love my pretty winter walkway.
Here’s further down the same side of the walkway.
And here’s a bit of the other side of the walkway.
While I was harvesting the other day, I found this yellow butterfly flitting around on the ground. I’m thinking it might’ve been injured or something because it allowed me to touch it without flying away.
It looked like he was trying to fly and couldn’t. I went inside before I found out if he was okay. I hope so.
IN THE KITCHEN:
I took a break from any major cooking endeavors this past week. But I did enjoy cooking up some of my greens with olive oil and my garlic, my turnips with butter and pepper, and a couple of fresh salads.
This past week, I harvested 2 key limes, almost 3 pounds of radishes, 3 1/4 pounds of turnips, a half pound of lettuce, 3/4 pound of greens, and 2 3/4 pounds of pumpkin. Yes, you read right. While pulling the dead pumpkin vines off my fence, I found one pumpkin I never harvested. It was in perfect condition and fully ripe. What a surprise!
I harvested the last two mature key limes on my trees. I do have a couple more growing and a few flowers that may have been pollinated.
I love making winter salads from my garden.
I pulled the rest of my purple plum radishes, along with more turnips. (Identification is from left to right.)
The turnip greens were perfect for eating, so I pulled some escarole to cook up with them.
I love these radishes – not only for salads but also for cooking. (Identification is from left to right.)
What’s happening in your garden or on your homestead this first week of January?