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Garden Update | Well, I have a lot of lettuce!

Red Lettuce - November 2012

Red Lettuce - November 2012
Let’s start with the positive. Lettuce! So much lettuce! I really need to start making more salads. These red leaves are just screaming, “Make a salad with us! Toss us with delicious apples and pears and walnuts!” They’ve withstood the chilly morning temperatures so far, but I think I should probably use them before we start getting actual frosts overnight.

Mustard Greens - November 2012I used a lot of the mustard greens I’ve been growing in this pasta recipe and they’re ready to harvest again. I was worried I wouldn’t like them, but they’re delicious. And so pretty too!

Kale - November 2012I’ve harvested some kale, but it’s definitely not going as strong as it did last fall. The plants are still pretty small. Also, they are full of holes. I’ve come to accept this as a given in this whole organic gardening endeavor.

You know what else is doing really well?

Mochi & Catnip
Friday & Catnip
Catnip. Oh, I have lots and lots of catnip! It really grows like a weed and I’m very glad I have it in a container. The cats constantly beg to go out onto the screened porch so they can help themselves to all the catnip they can eat.

Mochi In CatnipAnd then this happened. Mochi is loving the heck out of the catnip. And yet it still survives!

Parsley - November 2012The parsley is still doing amazingly well. Caterpillars had stripped this plant to the stems, so I was completely shocked that it rebounded. I hate buying parsley at the store because you have to buy a big bunch when most recipes only require a tablespoon or two, so I’m hoping I can keep this alive through the winter!

Sage - November 2012This is all that’s left of the sage plant, though. I guess I’m gonna have to start buying sageโ€ฆ

Thai Basil - November 2012The Thai basil went to seed over the summer and I just left it. I think the herb garden is going to be full of wee bitty Thai basil plants in the spring.

Strawberries - November 2012The strawberries are still flowering. A lot of the leaves are also turning this pretty, deep red. I had no idea that strawberry leaves changed colors in the fall!

Mexican Petunia - November 2012All of the perennials are brown, drooping, and sad. I didn’t really do anything with the perennial garden this year and I’m thinking next spring I’m going to have to give it a little TLC.

Nothing else has changed very much since the last update. The carrots and all the cruciferous veggies are pretty much the same size they were a month ago. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong! I’m guessing it’s either too little sun or not enough fertilizer?

Are you still growing anything in your garden now that it’s almost December?

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48 Comments

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    Katie
    November 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    my kitties would be in heaven with all your catnip!

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    Brenda Williams
    November 29, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Love these photos of the cats! Hard to believe that you have so much garden still growing. Impressive!

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      Kiersten
      November 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Last year I had cabbage and some other things last all the way through to spring! I love the mild winters here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    November 29, 2012 at 12:44 am

    So pretty. I still have an aversion to lettuce from my pregnancy. The only lettuce I can safely eat is romaine. Your kitties look like they are in cloud 9.

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      Kiersten
      November 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I’m very picky about lettuce too. Like iceberg–I will not eat that.

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    November 29, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Wow, your garden is gorgeous! Love all these greens. Your cat is a cutie!

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    SCM (SocialCafe Magazine)
    November 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Lucky cats ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful garden!

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    December 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    You’re so lucky your lettuce is doing so well! Our habaneros and thai chilies are doing really well but even as someone that loves spicy food, you can only have habs in so many dishes in a week. Our oregano and rosemary are still doing wonderful too. Surprisingly the seeds from our pumpkin (I fail at roasting seeds) have sprouted starts in our compost. I’m debating on what to do there.

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      Kiersten
      December 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Can you try freezing them? I roasted our poblanos and froze them. I haven’t used any yet, but they look like they’re holding up well. I wonder if it will be warm enough for you this winter to plant the pumpkins and harvest them in the spring!

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