Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter Garden - Rural Thursday

I suppose it's not technically winter yet, and by the time it is the few items in my garden will be gone.  Besides somehow, it doesn't really feel like fall after Thanksgiving.  All the Christmas items hit the stores and the radio and it feels like winter. 

At any rate, this was the first time I've planted any seeds for fall harvesting.  I planted broccoli and peas, which were doing fabulously until Hurricane Sandy passed through.  Thankfully, a few items I planted did survive the high winds and our recent morning frosts. 
 I harvested this cabbage and did a lima bean cabbage soup in the crockpot, which was delicious.  I have some other cabbages still out there and growing.

 These stubby carrots were roasted with potatoes, olive oil and sea salt, and were a wonderful side dish (and I still have some to pick).

And I have several patches of lettuce growing still.  I'm impressed by how hearty it has proved during the repeated frosts each night.  It is just now starting to look a little worse for the wear. 

I'm pleased that most of the seeds I planted in late July did well.  Next year I'll have to try to plant the peas and broccoli just a little earlier. 

It's Rural Thursday!  Please note that this will be the last Rural Thursday, so I hope that everyone will take the time to link up today with Nancy from A Rural Journal and myself. I have really enjoyed reading your posts over the past months, but want to maximize the time spent with my family during the holiday season.  Huge thanks to Nancy for inviting me to cohost Rural Thursday!  So to participate today, just grab the code beneath the button and paste it into your blog post.  Then come back to add your post to the linky.  Please make sure you comment on at least 5 other blog participants.  I always look forward to visiting and reading what you write! 

39 comments:

el-mundo-en-colores said...

the carrots look so rich & healthy!

Buttons said...

Oh Lisa Nancy and you are going to be missed. Rural Thursday was one of my favourite places to visit and share.
I understand the reasons but it still makes me sad.

LOVE the photos of your veggies there is nothing like fresh produce that you have planted and tended to that end up on your plate. Great job.

Thank you and Nancy for all you have done for Rural bloggers. B

Krzysiek Helak said...

It's hard to believe that this is the last episode. I'm starting only! :)
Thank you very much for you and Nancy. You did a good job.

Anne Payne said...

Wow! That's awesome that you still have these veggies to harvest. I've never been successful at growing carrots. Just can't get the soil correct. Thanks for sharing :)

andy said...

Hey they turned out good !! Happy eating and have a great day

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Your vegetables look so good - how great to still have fresh-from-the-garden veggies!

Tanya said...

oh that garden of yours is coming along great!! sad about rt coming to an end :(

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Wow! You have beautiful and delicious food still coming up in your garden.

Kerri said...

Would LOVE to see that LIma Bean Cabbage Soup recipe. Sounds Yummy! All your veggies look YUMMY!

Candy C. said...

What lovely produce! I'll bet the lima bean cabbage soup was delicious!
Rural Thursday will be missed and thank you Lisa for co-hosting, we all really appreciate it!

My Journey With Candida said...

You have a later growing season than I do. Our plants would have died in October when we had snow... just a spitting but enough to kill them.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

The veggies look so fresh and healthy! I bet they were delicious, too.

Karen said...

You did a great job with a winter garden! By the time the summer garden is done, we're so tired of the chores we don't pursue a fall/winter garden. Good for you.

alissa apel said...

We've never done much fall harvesting except for squash. Maybe next year.

Your veggies look great!

Jen said...

Those carrots are awesome!! I love how you live off of your land. I wish we lived out in the country so we could have a gigantic garden :)

Debbie said...

gorgeous produce!!

Renae said...

Lisa! wow! great efforts for mid summer to early winter. that's so smart.

SweetMarie said...

I'm looking forward to having a garden one day soon! :)

Valerie said...

I understand about spending more time with family too-it's amazing how much of our time-and lives we can start spending in the virtual world. Your beautiful boys must come first:)

And speaking of beautiful-your veggies are gorgeous! And those wonderful carrots...wow!!!!!

TexWisGirl said...

love fresh cabbage and carrots! the cabbage head would have been made into slaw or kraut by my mom. :)

thanks for co-hosting rural thursday all this time!

Pride In Photos said...

BIG MEGA miss here on Thursdays!! This city girl Loved the RURAL theme♥ I hope you both come back soon! Your carrots are so yummy! You have to have the greenest thumb I have ever known.
Laurie

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

everything looks so healthy and pretty

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That's some seriously gorgeous lettuce.

Grandma Bonnie said...

Those look like some great carrots. We just harvested the last of our carrots and onions yesterday. I hope you have a great day.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Your vegetables look great! Next year I'll have to plant a winter garden.

So sad to see Rural Thursday go, but I understand why it's coming to an end. Thanks for hosting for the last time :)

Chatty Crone said...

Are you two closing permanently? I enjoyed it - I didn't always leave a comment, but I read them. Learned a lot.

Now your veggies look awesome. And cabbage and Lima bean soup sounds really good.

Sandie

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Those look really good, I haven't had much luck with cabbage lately but need to try it in the fall. My greens are getting worked over by the constant cold at night, it was 15 F this morning!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Your bounty looks so delicious, and I want those carrots!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a luscious garden! Love seeing all those fresh veggies. Count me as one that will miss Rural Thursday, but I certainly understand.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

what nummy looking food!
love
tweedles

Katie @ Pinke Post said...

Beautiful Lisa! I must tell you I am going to miss Rural Thursdays. I have cut back on blogging for family time this year. I also had my URL taken...long story but the point is blogging like life is full of chapters. I'll turn the page and keep reading both your blog and Nancy's!

Linda said...

Oh, they look marvelous! Makes me want to try growing veggie again. Last place we lived was too infested with deer and rocks but maybe this place will be better.

Barbara said...

Wow, that all looks great. I love cabbage in stews during the winter. Yum!

Madge Bloom said...

SO sorry Lisa, I didn't realize you put up a link for RT, I'll remember for next week...

Nancy Claeys said...

You know how much I appreciate your being my co-host for so many weeks, Lisa -- we had a good run, didn't we? xo

Barbara said...

I'm grateful to both of you for keeping it going this long, so I could discover it and so many wonderful bloggers!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

How awesome to have a Fall harvest.
They look delicious!

mare ball said...

what beautiful produce!!! I'm envious. I've written before, we did not have luck w/ our garden this year. Your stuff always looks great!

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10-rural.html

I hope you can make it!
Cheers,
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick