At Wishetwurra Farm we love our daffodils and narcissus.
But we never, ever eat them. Not even our local deer will eat them. They contain some mildly poisonous alkaloids, which at the very least will give you some serious digestive upset.
This post is prompted by a comment from a faithful reader, who wrote, “…and you got through the whole talk only mentioning one edible item – the sunflower? Or can all these flowers be eaten? I understand daffodils can.”
To show that yes, edible items were mentioned, here is the assortment of photographs that accompanied section two of the talk, which was titled, “Some of what we grow”.
Leeks. We love leeks, and they’re so expensive in the stores. We can harvest them from midsummer, through fall and winter and spring right up until the time they bolt and flower in the late spring/early summer.
Spring greens. Succession plantings of five or six varieties of spinach. Plus other salad greens.
Strawberries and the month of June are synonymous.
Another year. Another June. More strawberries. Red fingers and a happy grandson.
After strawberries come blueberries. Here we are in mid-July. Cultivated berries in the bowl. Wild berries in the plastic picking containers.
Shallots. Mid-July. Harvest time for these will be in a week or two.
Garlic harvest time. Mid-July.
An August basket of tomatoes. Big and little paste tomatoes, slicers of various varieties, the yellow is “yellow peach”, the lobed one in the center is “Costoluto Genovese”, which is a very old variety. Thomas Jefferson had it in his Monticello gardens.
Early September basket. Edamame soybeans at the top. Slicing tomatoes, green and yellow patty pan squash, yellow summer squash, a nice head of lettuce at the top of the basket, then “rattlesnake” pole beans, and below them one of our first fall heads of chinese cabbage, which makes wicked good coleslaw.
Potatoes. These were dug in mid-October.
An almost-November basket. We’re still getting tomatoes and peppers. The late-summer planted peas are actually giving a crop this year. Fall peas are a gamble, but when you get them, oh joy! A carrot, from our winter storage planting, is sizing up nicely. And at bottom right, our first-ever sweet potatoes.
Want to see how we store our root crops for the winter? We dedicated a previous post to that subject: https://thetompostpile.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/we-dont-carrot-all-winter-root-storage-at-wishetwurra-farm/
When frost is imminent, you have to pick whatever is left on your plants. These peppers were picked (not by Peter) on November ninth.
Red “Floriana” flint corn, for flour/cornmeal. Makes wonderful food. Nice color, really fragrant and tasty. We pick the when the plants have died and dried, and then dry the ears further, before starting to grind any. We make fresh meal as needed, as long as our stock of kernels lasts.
Dry beans, “Yang Yin” variety. So nifty you have to grow a few of them, just to marvel on.
Some years, our fall weather doesn’t quit. This is a basket of treats picked for a ceremonial meal called “Thanksgiving”. Almost December!