The other day I went down to check….
Let’s see. I have a small refrigerator in the basement that I filled last fall with fresh garden beets, celeriac, winter radish and cabbage. I’ve been grabbing a few from the top as I need them, but it was time for checking the bottom of the bags. The cabbage was in need of composting. But the rest has stored great. I took everything out of the baggies, washed, removed spots that didn’t so look good, and repacked in fresh baggies. I amazed at how well beets, celeriac and winter radish store.
Also, I have a basket full of potatoes and butternut squash. The potatoes are sprouting like crazy in the basket. The reds and fingerlings are way shriveled. But the Green Mountain and Russets are OK. Actually, grilled, they are much better than OK. They’re delicious. I love “good keeper” potatoes come March.
And I found about 6 heads of garden garlic I didn’t realize I had. Most were thrown right into the compost bucket, but a few cloves were still crisp and yummy.
And the last thing is the bag of baby carrots in the fridge. The only reason they’re still there is I didn’t want to put the time into scrubbing such tiny ones. Tonight I did that – on our first grill event of the year. Very yummy to eat the first and last carrots of the year.
And I still have one BEAUTIFUL ORANGE Jarrahdale pumpkin. Its like the saying about “have cake and eat it too” – I love having it on the counter, but would love to eat it before it too late. I think I’ll wait a bit more. Once I see a little sign of it starting to go bad, I’ll make pumpkin bread.
I think all-in-all, the garden has feed us well this winter.
Next year, lets see:
Less: non-keeper potatoes, little fat carrots
Same: Beets, celeriac, pumpkins, butternut squash
More: Keeper potatoes, big carrots, garlic
And much more: Popcorn