I pulled most of the turnips that were left in the garden yesterday. I planted the things too thick back in Sept and thinned them to feed the chickens and eat greens but not enough. So that leaves many turnips with radish sized roots in the garden. It will be interesting to see just how much cold weather they can stand. So far we've had 18 degrees but now 9 degrees is forecast for Mon morning. I was surprised to find a few cilantro plants out there that selfseeded over the summer. It is thriving and tastes wonderful. The deer took out the carrot and beet tops before they got a chance to make decent roots. ANd they also ate the tops of the brussels sprouts that I planted in Sept but didn't make. I also found a lovely little clump of deer tongue lettuce, and what looks like a tiny butterhead, also self seeded from a spring "summer mix". The black seeded simpson is long gone and so is the red variety I planted at the same time in Sept. Arugula is still alive and so is Mizuna mustard, although the deer are starting to nibble both. The parsnip plants that I planted in Sept are still alive but very small, The Chinese cabbage is also alive but wilted looking. It never made firm heads, but I neglected to thin it enough.
Dh and I have finally finished spreading the leaves that we've picked up over the asparagus bed, all 2,000 feet of it and have filled a four foot tall bin the size of a king sized bed with well tamped down leaves, which we then covered with a layer of chicken litter--manure and wood shavings. Litter also went on the portion of the garden where corn will go next year.
Now with all that done, it is time to start cutting next year's firewood.
So how's things with y'all? Dorothy