While cole crops include the whole cabbage family COLD crops include so much more. You can try spinach, leaf lettuce, green onions and radish early in the garden or cool greenhouse as COLD crops as soon as the ground thaws enough to seed.
Khaled tells me during our podcast interview that the harvest from June bearing strawberries vrs day neutral strawberries is almost the same over the course of the season. The biggest difference – he says – is that you get your berries all at once with June bearing varieties and with day neutral types like Hecker, Eversweet or Albion you get them over a three or four month period from July through October…..
It’s February and I made the best-ever toasted tomato sandwiches from tomatoes I picked last fall. It has become a fun challenge to grow most of our own greens and vegetables for most of our meals year-round but this is the first time I have had tomatoes in February. Last week I made a Potato and Leek soup for lunch from our garden and last night we picked fresh arugula for a salad. It is no longer a matter of “poor me” Now it is a matter of “lucky me.”
After my trip to Mexico I accidentally bring home a few seeds in my pocket. I plant them December 4, 2019 and they are just germinated on February 4, 2020. I can grow my own coffee in the house, wait for it to bloom and brew a few beans for friends! In the jungle the organically-grown plants prefer shade so maybe they’ll work in a window in my home? I am newly home and enthusiastically excited about raising a crop of coffee in my northern windowsill.
This month we held an apple champagne and pumpkin pie party but of course we lied. It wasn’t real Champagne. By law, as Helpful Husband pointed out, Champagne has to come from a very narrow region of France. Our “champagne” came from apples in our back yard.
“We were amazed at our success with melons and the unbelievably good taste and juice running down our arms as we ate! I still dream about them!” In spring 2019 Margo asked about growing cantaloupe in her prairie garden near Calgary and she ended up trying all kinds and loving her results. Growing melons in cool areas of Canada is no easy task and gardeners know it is best to try the fastest growing types available. Here is a compilation of varieties to try in case you are thinking of growing Cantaloupes in 2020. (And if you are not thinking of growing them then why not?)