Archive for the ‘Winter Veggies’ Category

Potting Up

We had to pot up the favas. the situation was out of control and they had taken over the seed starting tray. Every day I would come home and find the favas laying on all the other plants. They were stifling the onions like elementary school thugs. But it’s not their fault; they were just misunderstood.

Since I took all of the gardening supplies to the ranch and the seedlings are at the house AND I was too impatient to wait until we went to the ranch later that day, I went to Mountain Feed (the best farm supply place in the land) and picked up potting soil and 1 gallon pots. I just used “and” four times in that sentence. I’m going to leave it that way so you know who I really am, bad grammar and all. I’m digressing again…I use Sunland potting soil. They are a local company, I can buy it up the street, it’s consistently good. I used the same company when I ordered 30 yards of soil (which is a lot of soil, in case you were wondering. it comes in a big dump truck.)

Jules helped me. Potting assistance counts toward her cell phone bill and it’s easier than home demolition. She’s pretty much an expert potter now; back fill, drop in the plant, fill to the top with soil, tap-tap-tap to settle the soil, water. I like the rhythm. It appeals to my OCD side.

Because I didn’t have any of my potting supplies, I waited too long to pot the favas. I had to dismember some of their roots to get them in the apart. It was really precarious.

They looked root bound but seem fine now. They are thriving and surviving on the front deck. This winter, we will have delicious fava beans.

Second Season Veggies

It’s day seven of winter veggie germination and the cold weather veggies are sprouting. I’m super stoked because I have had a 100% germination rate for the Broccoli Rappini. Yes, friends. My life really has come down to being excited about seed germination. Don’t judge.

The broccoli rape looks like this:

Which looks almost exactly like the Jersey cabbage:

Which also looks exactly like the Brussel Sprouts. I’m not going to show you the Brussels. That would be redundant. Again. What I will show you is the fava beans. Every time I think about fava beans (and I do mean every time) in my head I hear Hannibal Lecter say, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” Followed by that tongue noise he makes.

YouTube – Hannibal Lecter – Fava Beans and Chianti.

That was my first shot at embedding a video. I don’t think it worked but you can enjoy my fava beans in the meantime:

I also planted some snow peas for Dave. He asked me to grow snow peas two years ago but I didn’t know anything about them and apparently didn’t understand what snow meant, so I tried to grow them in summer. They sweltered and died in the Ben Lomond heat. This year, I think I have a better chance. Hopefully, they won’t swelter and die in the Prunedale winter (because I sure as hell have been freezing my ass off in the summer.)

These little beauties are the Portuguese Flat Onions. I can’t wait to roast them up with some winter veggies and goat cheese. Mmmmmm.

And this is the only Rainbow Swiss Chard to germinate, so far. of course, it’s been way to hot here for chard to germinate so maybe as it cools down this weekend, we’ll have more success.

I hope we can put in our kitchen this year, I really want to cook up some winter veggies.