It's been a few weeks since we had snow, in fact it was on the day of the Winter Solstice (December 21) that it snowed. The snow was very slow to melt on our property and temperatures lingered down in the low to mid 30s for a week. I took photos at that time of our garden and neglected to post them. As I was looking through my camera roll this morning, I realized these photos are worth sharing.
I didn't really understand until just last year that certain cool season crops overwinter. This year's fall and winter garden is an experiment, as we are curious to learn how well all of these veggies will do outside on our property. Our weather here tends to be in the 30s most of the winter, and we'll also get some temperatures in the 20s in late January and throughout February. So far, the veggies are hanging in there!
Lettuce is one of my favorite cool season crops! It's so quick to bolt in the hot summer sun and it also tends to get bitter as the leaves get larger and older. In fall and winter, the lettuce slows waaaay down, growing at a snail's pace. It also stays very sweet. We have been picking a bowl full of lettuce every couple days for enjoying fresh, homegrown salad greens with our dinners. There are no pests bothering our lettuce so far, either, unlike in the summer when snails and slugs made a feast of these greens. I'm growing a wide variety of salad greens out there and they are all doing very well.
Kale is also doing exceptionally well in the cold weather. No bugs are munching on these leaves, either! We are adding kale to our salads, putting kale on our homemade pizzas and throwing handfuls into soups as well. I froze a bunch of kale during the summer, but we haven't had to break into the frozen kale yet since we have fresh kale growing outside in our winter garden!