Beginning Winter Edibles

There are a few things growing really well in our yard right now.  The lettuce is doing fabulously, carrots are doing well, and the radish tops are so beautiful I may have to harvest some to cook.  Radish tops are delicious, but like arugula, it works better (flavor-wise) if you boil them first because they are a little bitter.  And speaking of arugula, I continue to be amazed by our very healthy and plentiful crop.  In fact, I went out to the pasture to bring some things to the burn pile, and in the middle of the burn pile is another huge stand of arugula!  After it blooms it produces a small bean (seed pod), they are edible and can be added to salads.

The chia plants are just starting to bloom, so I need to keep up with them to harvest the seeds to eat.  I’m sure that will prove to be interesting.  Chia is in the salvia family, and they are my big experiment this year.  I planted some of the organic seeds that I purchased to eat, and they have been growing well all summer.  As soon as the temperature dropped, they started blooming.

We still have sweet potatoes to harvest.  The purple potato plants and red potato plants are doing really well.

Unfortunately most of the greens have been beheaded by the grasshoppers.  Cool weather should make a definite dent in that population.  Next weekend I’ll probably try planting again, for the third time!

Don got the large garden tilled.  We put peat, humate, and diatomaceous earth down before he turned everything.  Then I put hairy vetch seeds in as cover crop.

I have started gathering eggs for a neighbor who is working in Odessa during the week. Guess I’ll have to start doing a lot more egg dishes, because they usually lay 4 eggs a day!  Luckily they are free range chickens, so they require no care.