Winter Garden in Portland: Week 4

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It’s Official. The Fall Is Here and So Is the Gray…

Winter Garden in Portland
Box one continues to impress. If the little gray squirrel feet and minor amounts of digging in the dirt from said squirrel feet would stop, we just may have some decent greens for the fall and winter this year. With a bit of sun over the weekend, we had a nice amount of growth here at the end of the first month, and took the above snap just before we harvested for the first time.

Last night, we had a few Roma tomatoes from the summer garden (the last of the crop is just coming ripe now), fresh curly parsley also from the summer garden (by far the most legendary producer in the garden all summer), Roquette arugula, standard variety arugula (to the right and up front in the picture), and some Black Seeded Simpson leaf lettuce with our housemade dressing and some organic avocado. It was all fantastic. First home-grown salad of the fall!


Beets Are Growing Slowly, Leeks Take the Lead

I’m probably just being extra paranoid about the beets. Last night, I found a little yellow jacket type wasp creature, and am now convinced that’s the beasty leaving the little holes in the leaves of all our winter crops. Anyone out there have a solution, or another answer for us?
Winter Garden in Portland

The leeks are on the march, nothing can stop them. Last week our landlords chopped down some of the juniper branches that are just above this garden patch, and even though some scraps fell on our starters, nothing was damaged, and all soon cropped right back up. The beets are going slowly, but maybe that’s just because the plant growth is happening underground, and not in the leaves?

We were hoping to be able to pull the leaves of the beets off throughout the season, for juicing, but we’ll see. At this rate, who knows what will happen…

This week we’ll pull the last of the Early Girl tomatoes, mostly green, and do the fried green tomato thing. Maybe a few days of reconditioning the soil, and then we’ll get some kale in the ground, hopefully Italian Kale and maybe another variety. And with any luck, some garlic and shallots, too!

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