It has been two months since I’ve had time to write a blog and although I’ve managed to get out and take pictures I’ve simply not had the time to sit and write about the things that have been happening in the garden these past two months. Several weeks ago, my sister Sister Jennifer and I constructed six low hoops to protect young Savoy cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Swiss chard, beets, and a few other plants that would otherwise not survive our cold winters. What you see here are the plants that didn’t qualify for winter protection and have been exposed to our recent low temperatures. They will soon be casualties of our cold Idaho winters.
Tonight the predicted local temperature is 39 degrees. Since our local microclimate is sometimes 10 degrees lower we have been frantically harvesting what we can and covering what we didn’t need or want to harvest quite yet. The weekend weather is supposed to be beautiful and we could easily have several more weeks of great fall weather. We are simply not ready to wrap it up and call it a season.
Wagon of wellness
I've been searching for pablano pepper recipes since I have so many. A recipe for Cheesy Chicken Poblano Chowder looks particularly good. Last year I made red pepper jam and I might make the same recipe with pablano peppers. If you live near, stop by and I'll send you home with a bag full.
Bushel of basil
This basil is for a dear friend and neighbor who will be making pesto. I picked as much as I could since even a light frost will be the end of this wonderful herb. I covered the remainder of the row hoping that I will be able to enjoy the aroma of basil for a few more days.
Farmer John ~ headed to the garage with the goods
I'm taking my chances with lightweight row covers.We covered a few vegetables that will not tolerate even a mild frost, like tomatoes, stevia, basil, bush beans and green peppers, which are on the verge of turning red. I ordered medium weight frost covers last week, although it won't arrive until next week - poor planning on my part. I bought a big roll of Agribon 30 from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply. This product is supposed to provide up to 6°F of frost protection and I'll be able to use it in my low hoop tunnels. This is the plan for my winter garden this year.