It is the week before Christmas and I am harvesting fresh veggies here in central NC. How fortunate I am. Collards and Savoy Cabbage have survived well in the garden with temperatures dipping into the low 20's on several occasions. Tomatoes and cucumbers are producing well in our greenhouse. One of the cabbages in the photo weighed 6 1/2 pounds with the other one close behind at 5 1/2 pounds. The larger tomato in the photo, weighing in at over a pound, was about half the size of the one picked a few days earlier that weighed over 2 pounds.
The tomato harvest is about half done, the cabbage harvest is coming to an end and the length of the collard harvest depends on how low night-time temperatures go. Feeding the wood stove that keeps the tomatoes and cucumbers warm keeps us plenty busy. (No need for a gym membership here). This week I planted the garlic bed then covered it with a blanket of leaves and compost. Soon the materials we've collected from the chicken coop and cow pen will become a new compost pile. Finally, as the new seed catalogs come in, I am reminded of all the winters that I have searched through them, like a child in a candy store, anticipating the delicious treats I would choose to grow in the coming year. Remember these catalogs are a wealth of information.
Merry Christmas and Happy Gardening in the New Year!