Friday, September 18, 2009

Early Fall Garden Update

I was super duper lazy with my fall planting. Next year I think that I'm going to need to do my fall garden plan and plant dates in the winter so that I take out any possible guesswork/thinking. Fall is a busy time at work so I just don't have time to sit around and think about the garden; fall is the time for going on auto pilot!

So, on Labor Day (yes, I'm also slow with the posting) I threw down some radish, carrot, kale, mustard and arugula seeds along with planting some starts of kohlrabi and kale starts from Merrifield. Thus far the mustard greens (pictured), radish and mustard have sprouted.

Also, our Sungolds are *still* producing. It's insane. And the Thai Dragon and Kung Pao peppers are also going nuts.

Anywho, there you have it. Hopefully in a few weeks we'll be feasting on some fall veg.

I still need to plant some garlic and onions, though. But here's part of the garden so far (those are radishes in between the kale & kohlrabi):


  1. And what will you be making with your fall vegetables?


  2. Well, the kohlrabi I love in Indian food. So I expect that's what will happen with it. The radishes I'm planning to pickle and the mustards & kale? My favorite treatment of dark leafy greens is a little bacon (or ham. or any cured pork) sauteed with onion and garlic and a pinch of red chili flakes. Add in some broth (or water) and greens & braise until tender. Finish off with a bit of brown sugar and a splash of cider vinegar and serve with hot sauce.

    In short, Southern style greens rule. Growing up they smelled too foul to eat, but I've learned that cooking them with something fragrant like bacon makes alllllllll the difference!