So, I’m a little sad because today it’s time to say goodbye to several delicious friends who have served us well this fall and winter:
Brussels sprouts: I had such high hopes for you, but I realize now that I messed up on timing. Still what I could salvage I’m sure will be delicious. And very purple. If I try you again next winter, I will choose green. But honestly, this is one veg that may be best imported from California where cool seaside conditions are perfect for growing these yummy mini cabbages.
Collard greens: farewell and see you next fall! You were an awesome producer and delicious supplement to salads galore. I sauted you but never cooked you the traditional low and slow way with lots of pork fat. You, my friend, were one of my winter garden favorites since you grew no matter what the conditions. No wonder most hard core North Texas gardeners grow you. Good job. You will be back.
Processed collards. Those containers are huge! Hopefully we are really hungry this week…
Kale: apparently you can’t handle the heat we’ve been getting. Your flowers though apparently delicious, signal that it’s time to say adios. So tomorrow once my birthday composter is assembled (thanks, Bruce!), you will be picked and whatever can’t be eaten will be heading back into the fall garden. I am sad to see you go because not only did you look pretty, you tasted awesome and were a centerpiece salad for many dinner parties. I can’t imagine that purchasing kale will be 1/2 as tasty as growing it.
Again, I hope we’re hungry this week. We have a lot of green stuff to eat. Good thing we’re all in town this week!
Replacing these fine veg will be some new seeds. Royal Burgundy bush beans which are “stunning violet-purple pods” that “magically” turn green upon cooking and Black Beauty Zucchini (courgettes) which are a petite “bush” variety were planted today.
Stay tuned for further details and photos!
Yay that was awesome, love to garden, can’t any more so i’ll enjoy yours
Did you have issues with squash borers last spring/summer. They destroyed my crop before I ever got a decent harvest?
Sorry you had the same problem I did. Yes, the nursery I go to said the squash borers were terrible all over the state. I lost transplants: zucchini, spaghetti, turban. I lost seeds: winter squash.
This time I have planted the zucchini in a stock tank, hoping that it keeps those pests away. Stay tuned!
those are some beautiful veggies! the purple brussel sprouts are gorgeous… sorry they didn’t make it! Your garden is such an inspiration.
Aw! Thank you. The Brussels sprouts’ issues are all mine. I did not watch for the signs of “doneness” carefully enough. I was greedy and wanted them to get bigger. Lesson learned!
Love those sprouts – have never seen purple Brussels sprouts! Enjoy all your greens
Let us know what those kale flowers taste like – I would love those in a dish!
Supposedly they are a sign that your kale is about to get bitter, but they were described by one gardener as a cross between broccoli and honey. And it sounds like a salad is the best way to enjoy them.