Breaking out the winter wardrobe. The cold front that moved in yesterday has dropped the early morning temp below 50 which is my pain point. That means long sleeve shirts, sweat shirts and pants, and lined jeans. Wooly socks. Put away the shorts and flip flops. I have really jumped into the jungle clearing now since the cool weather puts down the bugs and lets me work at my normally fierce pace without breaking a sweat.
I need another month of warm weather to bring in the warm weather crops – the squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and green beans. I think I’ll make it on everything, especially if I start thinking green tomatoes. About half the garden is in winter crops and by Christmas that will be up to 100%. Up until now the garden has been a nice hobby but now I have to get serious about it. I don’t normally go to the grocery store and when I do, I hit the wine aisle or the deli while Nancy does the real shopping. For some reason this week we were in a big hurry and Nancy told me to go over to the produce section and pick up a green pepper. While there I happened by the broccoli and was blown away by the price – $2.50 for a small head. I continued scanning prices and noticed that a small head of cauliflower was $2.89. Wow, but the real show stopper was a small package of turnips. Turnips are something you should get for free or at least have to get a service cart to move a dollars worth. The package couldn’t have been a pound and was $3.09. They didn’t have any snow peas or sugar snap peas so I can only imagine what they’re going for. All of a sudden I view my garden through a different set of glasses. I’m looking at $100 worth of Broccoli and cauliflower alone. With no exaggeration, there will be several hundred dollars worth of goodies coming out of the garden between now and Christmas and just as much between Christmas and April Fools Day.
My next move is to start some exotics. Exotics are vege’s that nobody has ever heard of. I have one semi- exotic now – kohlrabi. A friend put me onto those in Salt Lake about 30 years ago. I noticed that they now have purple kohlrabi but I’m growing the conventional white ones now. In my sights are purple and orange cauliflower and something called Romenesque. Romanesque is a cauliflower looking veg but instead of a rounded head, this is a bizarre, peaky, swirly kind of lime green green head. And I’ll move on to the less widely known lettuce varieties, of which there are literally hundreds. In a nod to Nancy, I’ll put in collard greens with the understanding that I don’t have to eat them.