December 2015 Wishetwurra Farm Garden…Closer, from the Ground

I may come down from the ladder now?

Thanks…let’s go down into the garden for a brief tour, with relatively minimal comment. A peek into the greenhouse.

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Inside the Wishetwurra Farm greenhouse, early December 2015

The tillage radishes planted in early fall have grown well. The roots are striking deeply. They’re also edible, crisp and tender, a nice nibble on these cool crisp days.

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Tillage radish

Garlic is emerging through the eelgrass mulch layer.

 

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Emerging garlic.

Eelgras is so useful. Here it surrounds lusty leekshanks, so we may eat leeks until springtime.

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Leeks, bedded in eelgrass for the winter.

Hmmmm. Here’s a single chickweed plant, getting too big for its vegetable britches. I’ll have to scour the garden for overactive chickweed soon. It never seems to stop growing.

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Chickweed, spreading……………………….

Part of the ongoing practice in the garden is to remember to let plants go to seed, in order to get “weeds” of merit. I’d rather rassle a patch of volunteer lettuce than chickweed.

 

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Volunteer lettuce seedlings

Asparagus fronds, fading from green to gold to brown.

Winter really is coming.

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Dying asparagus fronds

The fall coles patch…chinese cabbage, broccolis, kales, cabbages, bok choi, and minestra nera.

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The fall/winter cole patch.

Bok Choi

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Bok choi.

White and pink kales.

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Kales.

Broccoli

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Broccoli

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Minestra nera in the cole patch.

The minestra nera. Still our favorite leaf-crop cole family plant. Sweeter than kale. Nicely productive, too. Other names you will find for this wonderful “broccoli” are spigarello, spigariello, and cavolo broccolo.

And in the last photo coming up, early last spring, the unruly sprawl of leaves you see, almost three feet across, was a single little seed in a paper envelope. Sown in a 6-pak, potted up, and then planted out, this plant is still nothing but leaves and potentiality.

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The words on the outside of the package say it’s to be a single-flowered “black” hollyhock. I love hollyhocks, especially single hollyhocks, and even more especially, the dark colored ones.

Don’t forget to check back next summer to see what kind of flowers this hollyhock yields.

Why do people say “I can’t wait!” when that’s exactly what they have to do, must do, and will do? I’ve no idea why.

But I can’t wait!

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