The Winter Garden

Well, the chickens seem to be recovering from their bout with fowl pox and Ethel, one of our Barred Rock hens, is showing signs that she is ready to lay an egg!

Anyway – I thought I would share some pictures of our winter garden. We’ve become pros at growing lettuce (Romaine, Red Sails, Buttercrunch etc) and are enjoying tons of fresh salads. Lettuce loves the cool wet weather that Austin has been blessed with recently. Our plants are in full sun, but we have also done well with lettuce planted in partial shade. The netting helps keep the chickens away and as a bonus limits the amount of pecans our backyard squirrels can bury in the garden. They are tenacious with those nuts!

Mustard Greens and Lettuce
Mustard Greens and Lettuce

We are also growing some cole crops – broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi. These are also growing in full sun, but do really well in partial shade. I’m so excited about the brussels sprouts – we’ve never grown these before but they are one of my favorite vegetables!

Cole crops in the garden
Cole crops in the garden

Kohlrabi is a new vegetable for us but has thus far been fairly easy to grow. For me – it’s the cooking part that’s challenging. I tried a kohlrabi fritter recipe a few weeks ago that was pretty tasty, but what else does one do with a kohlrabi?

Korridor Kohlrabi
Korridor Kohlrabi

I started the cauliflower from seed and although the plants are almost 12 weeks old – they’re still tiny! All my attempts this year to start things from seed have failed. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Any seed success stories out there?


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