I was just looking through my garden diary and noticed that I am still cropping food from the garden even now in mid November. The other night I picked a winter salad to accompany some shepherds pie and last night I was picking chard for a curry.
In fact the garden has been feeding me steadily and hasn't taken a week off since April - thank you garden!
Considering I have a small patio garden and my growing is in pots, I don't suffer gluts very often, but I am finding with time and learning about what works through trial and error that I have a steady supply of salad greens and these haven't had a week off for about 7-8 months, which I would never have guessed would happen in a small container garden, but what a blessing it is.
I am sure it is also thanks to this strange year of weather we've been having and we haven't had a frost in South West London yet.
The types of things that I am still cropping are:
- Chillies & Peppers (from the plastic greenhouse)
- Rapa de Senza (turnip green eaten as a salad leaf)
- Kai Lan (delicious raw in salad or lightly stir fried)
- Nasturtium (will definitely be popping these seeds around the garden anyway I find a spare bit of soil - such a versatile crop for pesto, salad, pickled seeds, flavour and it grows so easily in the UK. So far from May - November)
- Mustard Leaf
- Garlic Chives (from last summer's garlic bulbs - I missed a few when harvesting and now have garlic chives popping up in a few places...delicious!)
I would never have guessed that even in November the garden would be inspiring evening meals.