I still can’t get over the fact that I’m gardening in December. In December! I was planning on starting my seeds for spring in late January, so it looks like gardening is going to be a year-round deal here. Or almost year-round. And this is a good thing, because I have lots and lots of seeds. And I just signed up for Cubit’s Organic Seed of the Month Club. I’m glad we’re adding a second garden bed next year–we’re going to need the extra space!
I’m still having issues with a lot of things not growing–the Brussels sprouts are stunted, the cabbage isn’t doing much, and I have no idea what happened with my beets, but they’re still the size of seedlings. My bok choy, also the size of seedlings, inexplicably started flowering. Teeny tiny bok choy! But instead of focusing on the failures, let’s focus on the positive:
Pretty purple cauliflower! This is right before I harvested it. Because cauliflower doesn’t have any secondary growth, after I harvested the head, I pulled out the entire plant. I’m hoping this means more sunlight and growth for the chard, which the cauliflower was hanging over.
And here’s the broccoli just before harvesting. Unlike cauliflower, broccoli does have secondary growth, so I left the plant and just took the head. I’m already getting a few smaller heads growing out of the sides of the plant.
I cut off most of the kale leaves for the Gluten-Free Stuffing with Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Mushrooms that I made on Thanksgiving, but you wouldn’t know it. They’ve grown back and then some. I’ve had so much success with kale this year that I’ve decided to grow three different kinds next year.
And the strawberries. The fruit has mysteriously disappeared (I’m guessing something ate it?), but it’s still flowering. I’m hoping this means that next year I’m going to get lots and lots of berries from these plants.