Garden Update | Avoidance, Neglect & Pickled Radishes

Pickled Radishes

Broccoli - January 2013
I have a bad habit of avoiding things. And the more I avoid things, the more I want to avoid things. Do you do that too?

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.

Broccoli Rabe - January 2013The broccoli rabe flowered and drooped.

Curry Plant - January 2013My fun little curry plant? Dead!

Cabbage - January 2013The cabbage has a tiny little head. So there’s that!

Sage - January 2013And the sage is starting to grow back. Which is nice because I use a lot of sage in my cooking.

Peas - January 2013My mess of pea plants keeps growing and growing, but it’s still not producing any peas.

Red Russian Kale - January 2013Kale! They say that frost makes kale taste even better and with the cold weather we’ve been having, I’m guessing this kale will be the most delicious kale I’ve ever had.

Basil - January 2013Aw, but the basil is dead. Deader than dead.

Radishes - January 2013The 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:

Pickled Radishes
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?

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    January 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    So many pretty veggies!

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    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up
    January 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I wish I could garden. Apartment living is not garden friendly. I had a huge container garder a few years ago, but it just doesn’t turn out as good.

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      February 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Yeah, when we lived in an apartment, I had a community garden plot AND I gardened on the balcony. I’m pretty sure our neighbors thought I was crazy with all the squash climbing all over the railing. 🙂 The plants would grow & grow & grow, but I’d never get much out of them. So I can sympathize!

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    February 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    You have a winter garden, too! <3 I'm a bit north of you, in Ohio, but I garden year 'round, as best I can. Right now, I have leeks, carrots, green onions, and kale hanging tough through our little rounds of snow squalls and freezes. And herbs – lots of herbs – rosemary, thyme, sage, cilantro, flat-leaf parsley, chives. (My basil looks exactly like yours. 🙂 ) Garlic and shallots are pushing up through the ground, but they'll die back until the weather warms up for real. I can't wait to start indoor seeding in a few weeks – I'm so psyched for my summer garden this year!

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      February 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Cilantro! In winter! I must know your secret. 🙂 It’s so temperamental, it doesn’t seem to want to grow in the cooler weather here, but it doesn’t much like the summer either. Last summer was the best I ever did with it–I think it lasted about 6 weeks before bolting, which I was thrilled about.

      Last year I was much more organized and had a lot of my seeds started in January. This year, I think I’m going to skip some of the spring veggies since the fall veggies are still kicking. But I should get started on the tomatoes and peppers soon…

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    February 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve had the best luck growing herbs with the mild weather in the south!

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    Shell Fruscione
    February 3, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I TOTALLY do the avoidance cycle too! I hate it especially since I know I’m doing it but do it anyway lol

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    February 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I am not gardening. I am still waiting for our land to be ready so I can move and put in a garden. Sigh.

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    February 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I use containers for most of my garden, and this time of year I don’t do anything in the garden

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    February 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    if you naturally ferment them you get the added benefit of lots of B vitamins and probiotics.

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