Photo by Jessica Walliser
Iâ€™m keeping my kohlrabi in the garden as long as possible to avoid their time in the fridge.
We finally got a few hard frosts last week. Funny how it always seems to happen just after my pineapple sage starts to flower. I donâ€™t know why I plant it every year, because it blooms so late. I wish a breeder would come up with a variety that begins to bloom a month or so in advance. Itâ€™s such a great plant for the butterfly/hummingbird garden, but only if it manages to bloom while theyâ€™re still around. Maybe next year.
I have been continuing to dig carrots up every few days. They are now nice and sweet and have been terrific additions to salads. I hope to keep them coming until Thanksgiving. I have yet to pick the Brusselâ€™s sprouts, though, as Iâ€™m trying to let them get really sweet. It seems to take several weeks of really cold nights for that to happen. The tiny heads on them arenâ€™t as big as theyâ€™ve been in previous years, but I think there will be enough on my three plants for a few meals. Sometimes they are better when theyâ€™re smaller anyway.Â
And, believe it or not, I still have a small patch ofÂ potatoes to dig and kohlrabi to pick. Iâ€™m trying to extend things as long as possible without having to keep them in the pantry or fridge. So far so good. I also apparently managed to miss some onions when I pulled them up this summer. They have sent out new green shoots (which Iâ€™m using like scallions). Iâ€™ll probably end up pulling them for Thanksgiving dinner.Â I get a lot of joy out of telling our guests what parts of the meal came fresh from the garden. Iâ€™m hoping it will be the taters, carrots, onions, sweet marjoram, sage, parsley and butternut squash. Someday Iâ€™d like to raise our own turkey, tooâ€”but my husband and our chickens might take issue with that!Â