After a frost on October 8, it has been remarkably mild here at Henbogle. Although the short days slow growth down, the mild temps are helping swell the sprouts on my Brussels sprouts, and contributing to this good-sized broccoli heads I harvested today (a Packman and Violet Queen caulifower).
I transplanted the broccoli, cauliflower and some kale into the garlic bed in early August after harvesting the garlic, and basically ignored them since. I have another head each of broccoli and cauliflower sizing up, and plenty of kale. I’ve had some damage from my friends the cabbage moth larvae, but that isn’t surprising as I never covered the plants. A quick rinse in salt water takes care of the worms.
I roasted this batch in a hot oven with half of my carrot harvest. I think I’m going to give up on carrots. This batch are tasty, but I had a lot of insect damage, and that combined with poor germination makes me think the space could be better used and my frustration level decreased if I just purchased beautiful carrots at the farmers market and grew more Brussels sprouts. Have I mentioned I love Brussels sprouts? I think they are my favorite vegetable.
The hoophouse is contributing lettuce, kale and Asian greens to the table, and the spinach I sowed for overwintering has sprouted. There are still some Tobago Seasoning and Ancho chiles growing in the hoophouse, but the time will come for them very soon. I’ll roast and peel them, and make rellenos with the anchos and might try some pepper jelly with the other chiles.
I have been weighing the produce we’ve been eating, but work and life have kept me from posting regularly for Harvest Monday. I’ll plan on a final roundup post at some point once the garden is done.