Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Winter Gardening

I'm attempting a winter garden this year, planting broccoli, kale, beets, and chard. Only broccoli is a favoured vegetable in the kids' repertoire, so it will be interesting (Sheila says very diplomatically, eyebrows raised ever so slightly) to see how the kale and chard are received. I can usually tempt them with steamed and buttered beets, particularly if they are golden beets, but kale goes over better if I purée it in a smoothie. What I can't see won't poison me...that's FDPG's adage. Funny kid, that one. She'll drink a dark, green, sludgy liquid as long as it's sweet (Sheila's tip #694: frozen bananas add a serious amount of sweetness to a smoothie).

I didn't plant any cabbage or brussell sprouts because Richard and I don't like them very much. In fact, one of the things that sealed him as a deal for me was our mutual dislike of most brassicas. I know, I know, how very highbrow of me. I'm posh that way. My snobbery extends to all things edible.

I wonder how long this winter garden of mine will last. I may have to tent it with some plastic later, but for now the temperatures here are a rather balmy 14ºC. Well, balmy for this part of the world.

Oh, and all that weird white stuff around the plants? Why, it's my creative slug repellant. And by gosh, it works (fancy that).

8 comments:

molly said...

This looks great! I long to try my hand a winter garden.

Casey said...

Your garden is so nicely designed. I'll have to try the kale smoothie idea if/when mine comes up in a few weeks!

JoVE said...

Great plan. Very English. Should work. Brassicas are good winter vegetables for your kind of winter.

And if you add some coffee grounds to the eggshells... poisons them. they don't like it.

denise said...

Nice. :) I have a small fall garden and we are getting a small lean-to 'greenhouse' for the winter. I'm excited!

sheila said...

JoVE, I used to use coffee grounds and then forgot all about them. I'll have to start that again. Thanks for the reminder.

I'm curious as to how things will grow when it gets cold. I was always under the impression that everything goes dormant below 50ºF.

Casey, how many seasons do you have? I envy that about where you are, I must say.

sheila said...

Denise, I'd love to see a picture of that lean to when you get it finished. Ideas, you know!

sheila said...

Denise, I'd love to see a picture of that lean to when you get it finished. Ideas, you know!

LOUISE said...

Are your eyebrows still raised Sheila? I don't like kale or chard to eat either! x