i haven't looked at them in a while and so when
putting some gardens up for the winter i pulled
some to throw in the holes along with the dry
stuff to give the worms some wet and green stuff
to work on while the dry stuff gets wetted down.
a few of the turnips were large, some larger
than i could fit my hands around (i have an
eight inch stretch) and that was yesterday,
today there was one about twice that size and
then after thinking i was done i noticed one
crouched over to the side. it was about a foot
and a half across... when burying it i chopped
it with the shovel and it was hollow in spots.
i dunno what is normal for turnips, but
we're sending one of the smaller of the large
ones with the ones i'd consider normal to the
friend who likes some to cook with. i hope
she'll give me some feedback on how large she'd
like them to be at the maximum, so i don't
waste my time picking ones that she won't eat.
still i can see why someone would grow these
as animal fodder. the deer and rabbits mostly
ignore them and focused on eating the beets and
some of the strawberries (and of course the
turnips certainly smell like beer when they
ferment... Ma says they'd make beer from any-
thing. these days i can believe it.
that's it for the news today, all gardens
are now put up for the winter and it's into
puttering and finishing up a few renovation
projects in the gardens. still, it's been a
good year. :)
the weather is turning more mixed after
tomorrow. i don't suppose we'll see 70sF
again but the past few days have made it into
the 60sF and that's perfect for digging and
but will eat them occasionally, especially if they're pickled. My folks
loved turnips and mustard greens, probably from growing up very poor and
having to eat whatever was handy.
79F outside right now, was somewhat hotter during the day. Rain has been
threatening all day and now it's gone but supposed to be back tomorrow.
So much for weather forecasts.
It's 69? here right now , I had to put out the fire in our woodstove .
Raining heavily mixed with patches of lighter rain and expected to last
another 24 hours . From the looks of the radar it's going to be a wet day
here ... and I need to be laying block if this kitchen project is ever going
to get built .
Weather channel shows bands of rain coming across Mexico from the
Pacific coming here plus rain clouds and heavy rain from the MidWest
trying to hit us too. Could use the rain but not the strong winds. Had
to stake and tie off the pear tree as our front yard and street is a
north/south wind tunnel and makes for stronger winds there.
Kumquats are ripening but looks to be a small crop, maybe a couple of
pints of marmalade or less. Our fruit trees have a big problem in that
they're planted in holes in the five feet of gumbo clay under a thin
layer of sand here. Should have dug test holes before we bought.
tried them and they were ok, but prefer these >==+
yep, purple top turnips.
i grow them, but don't eat many of them as i can only
cook them when Ma is away. tried the greens, didn't
much like them, but may give them another try again
ah, well, then one 18 inches in diameter isn't too
likely to be good and it did have an empty spot in it
when i chopped it up. i'll still send the one off to
the friends. it looks more like a bowling ball than
yeah, i know you grow them for greens but i don't
recall ever asking you what size they got at the
biggest or what size you picked the root for eating.
if you're pulling leaves off them then they're not
going to get as large as they would otherwise.
i like them when i eat them, but i doubt we'll ever
have freezer space for them.
i also like the plant/leaves/habit and what it
does for the soil when i either leave them in
place to rot or when i pull some and bury them
with the rest of the garden fodder. worms feast
away. the flowers are different than the usual
we have around here so for some variety it's nice
to have some growing. i think Ma just pulled
everything she could find, so i'm not sure i'll
have much in the way of flowers next year from
i had a nice group of them growing together
about six of them perfectly formed, sitting right
up against each other with minimal roots into the
ground. when i pulled them to bury, the bottoms
were covered in slugs, but the roots and plants
were not harmed by the slugs so they were just
using them as a hiding place for the day. nice
bright purple tops and all six to ten inches
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