I am by no means an expert and although I've been growing my food for 18 years, I continue to learn something new all the time- not to mention that I still kill things! I feel these things need to be shared. I do a lot of experiments so successes and failures will be posted. I hope this blog will help others out there. And for those of you that know of my first blog- it's still up but I just won't be adding to it. When I have time I'll be doing a 'closing' post. You can find it at Blunders with Shoots, Blossoms 'n Roots.
It's not much, but I am harvesting right now in the experimental high tunnel. I started my crops for winter consumption late last year- starting in September. So my first post for this new blog will start off with some winter harvesting.
The nice bushy green stuff in the middle bed is Claytonia- one of my favorite true winter crops. In late October, last year, I pulled up some babies that had self sown from the previous winter and transplanted them to the middle bed- and sure enough, the second week of February they start really taking off. They had grown before that, but had really taken a jump in growth by this mid-Feb.
These 2 beds consist of various things. Most were thrown in the beds the beginning of Nov. last year- then I was gone for a week. There is mustard, kale, frisse endive, 3 different varieties of lettuce, spinach, carrot, tatsoi, and more. I've been harvesting here and there, but because I got a late start last year the harvest was nothing like last winter.
It's not a lot of room, but it's enough to do experiments for when I start growing in the field next to me- some day, *sigh*
In the meantime, I'll just keep trialing varieties and by the time the field is fenced and the 20x40 is up I'll have what grows here best narrowed down.
Here are some of the harvests that span from Nov. '12- Feb. '13 So a little space can do yummy things- even in winter. And I would also add that these crops taste really good too. I'll be covering all the info on how to do this...stay tuned.
Now I'm hungry!