Believe it or not (I can't), we've yet to have a hard frost. Here's what's still growing in my raised beds. (Tour of the field garden in the upcoming week.)
I have a cold frame over three of the raised beds. Two of them are salad greens that I started in late summer hoping to stretch out our salad meals as far into the fall as I could.
This is the first one and has four kinds of lettuce and Swiss chard in it.
The next has some salad greens in it starting with baby kale closest in the picture, then arugula, Scarlett Frill and more Swiss chard.
My green pepper plants have lived under a cold frame all this cool, cool summer and are still there going strong. I've harvested most of the peppers and made Stuffed Green Peppers that are in the freezer, but there are still many huge peppers on the plants. This time of year they are sooo sweet that we've been crunching up a whole one raw every day. They're almost addictive.
Isn't this kale beautiful? I have another half bed of it in another raised bed, too. The cool fall weather really does improve its flavor. Past the kale in this bed are beets I'll harvest and store "fresh" in the root cellar.
Last but not least (or maybe it is least depending on how you look at it) is my one cherry tomato plant that survived this year. Standing out in the open with no protection even now. Sure! Here it is past the middle of October and I'm FINALLY getting tomatoes that really do want to ripen . . . but don't stand much of a chance this time of year. I've been picking the ones that have started to turn color, setting them on the counter inside where they do become a lovely red and . . . surprise, surprise, even have a nice flavor.
That's the raised bed garden report, folks. Green tomatoes or not, I'm very, very grateful to still have the luscious salad greens we do.
TQC Journal | issue 101
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