For example! Back when I was a librarian, I oversaw a whole section of the library. It was in a locked room, away from my office, and sometimes I’d go a few days without checking on it. And then after those few days, I’d start feeling a sense of dread at the thought of checking on it. Because I knew there would be magazines and academic journals all over the place. I knew it wouldn’t be good. And the more I’d put it off, the more I’d dread it, and the more I dread it, the more I’d put it off.
So that happened with my garden. Bad weather and busy weekends meant that I wasn’t able to spend much time out there. And then when I had the time, I didn’t want to go out there. So neglect turned to avoidance resulting in more neglect.
Well, I finally got out there this week. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be! But it’s not exactly doing well either. It’s not like last year when I was harvesting all sorts of things in January. There’s some kale, but everything else has either gone to seed or ended up dying after the snow we had a few days ago.
The most exciting garden development this month is that I finally got some radishes. I still can’t manage to grow beets, but this is the first decent radish harvest I’ve gotten. I’ve always managed to grow a few puny radishes every spring and fall, but these were (mostly) normal sized radishes. I planted the Rainbow Radish Seeds from Cubit’s, so I’m not sure which varieties these are, but I know there are definitely some white icicles in there!
I had no idea what to do with my abundant harvest of radishes, so I decided to pickle them:
I used a Pickled Radishes recipe from Epicurious. If you ever find yourself with more radishes than you know what to do with, make this recipe–it is easy! I can’t tell you how they taste because they’re currently sitting in the fridge, pickling away.
Are you still gardening this month? Have you ever pickled vegetables you grew?