Monday, February 17, 2014

November-February Garden Summary!

Celebrating Christmas, Rhodes Style Red and Green!

Here is part two of my catch up blogging. Lots of great greens and radicchio this winter but also some disappointments. The puntarelle and parts of the palla rosa did not do well with the weather this year even with the hoop house. The puntarelle all died and the palla rosa had to be collected at Christmas because all the heads were going bad on the outside. Luckily we had plenty and they were great on the inside.


Broccoli Rabe


Inside of the hoop house.


Endive and Maché…must plant more of the Maché!

Romanesca Cauliflower that eventually died in February with the extreme temperatures.  Also picked up the last of the arugula

Collecting before our first very cold winter storm

Collecting before our first very cold winter storm

Some Castelfranco and Pan Di Zucchero varieties of Radicchio


Sadly the hoop house couldn't take the weather this month! We shall see what survived when it thaws about in this next week!

Still have our butternuts…this is an Italian style one

Monday, January 6, 2014

August-October Garden Summary!

Wow….it has been too long.  The garden has been very good to us this year and continues to produce endive, radicchio, and arugula.  We are still working on our 2 varieties of butternut squash as well. I planted some Romanesco Broccoli... or is it cauliflower? Well,  it looks beautiful under the hoop house but never grew the crown.  I am not sure what will come of it since the temps are getting down the the single digits tonight!  Brrrrr.  Her is what has been happening since August in the garden.  Edit:  Will have to have a part 2 for November through now!  I will do another blog on the pizza oven soon!

Great Tomato Year!

Tomatoes galore!  Plus fresh basil.

Beets, Cucs, and more 'maters!

Even got to blanch some for freezing this year…but not a bunch. We just eat so many!

One of my favorite new recipes. Skin off of cherry and San Marzano tomatoes in a marinade.  Top on crunchy bread and ricotta.

Zucchinis were a labor of love…did surgery several times for the SVB but it was worth it!  Also a new favorite cucumber was the Amiga.

New this year…this is either the Black Krim or Cherokee Purple…Both were good.


My new favorite sauce…puttanesca!  Plenty to Freeze too!
Voluntary Pumpkins and Waltham Butternut squash

Tomatoes, Arugula, Lettuce, and Beans from the garden!
First (and only) Fig