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 Some of my favorite Fall/Winter vegetables to grow.

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PostSubject: Some of my favorite Fall/Winter vegetables to grow.   Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:06 pm

I will probably do this in parts, completing over a couple of days, since I never seem to find the time to do it all in one sitting! So check back if it doesn’t say “COMPLETED” at the bottom of the post.

Beets , ‘Beet Cylindra’, from Grow Italian. These beets are always sweet and can be harvested small or larger, though they never get really big. I usually just simmer them gently in lightly salted water, and then a bit of butter after draining. Plant seeds in the fall when the summer heat breaks, thin and (as with all beets) be patient. I grew them last year and they seemed to self harvest; as they got big enough to harvest they grew up out of the ground. Always very sweet and tender, more so than Chioggia or Detroit varieties. An added bonus, the greens are also delicious and nutritious!.

Parsnips, ‘Turga’, from Seeds of Change. Plant seeds in the fall when the temperatures are in the range recommended on the seed packet. I grew parsnips for the first time last fall and they were a huge success. Simply roasted with a little olive oil, salt, and a little water to get them started, until they are tender and the water has evaporated. I then toss them with a good bit of freshly harvested Italian parsley that has been briefly sautéed with some crushed garlic and a little butter. Delicious! Sweet and nutty with a texture somewhere between a potato and a carrot. The plants were beautiful and orderly, all in a row, until they were harvested in the spring. I plan on growing a lot more this year!

Greens, 'Oriental Green Zen', from Cooks Garden. Plant seeds in fall and throughout the winter when the weather is warm. I have grown this for several seasons and cant say enough good things about it! The most long lasting, dependable, tender delicious fall green I grow! I plant once in the fall and harvest from the same plants all winter and early spring. You can even eat the young florets when it eventually does get around to making seeds. Save seeds for next year. Great stir fried with a little ginger, by itself or with other greens (especially good with mustard greens).
A quote from Cooks Garden:
“ This new, fast growing, mildly sweet green can be picked and enjoyed 30 days from sowing. Zen resembles collard greens, but leaves are larger and more tender, much like lettuce, but with a rich, pungent taste. Zen is dependable for picking the entire season. Hardy, compact rosettes up to 12" high, spreading 18" wide.”
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PostSubject: Favorite fall vegetables in my garden    Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:48 pm

Cutting back the summer growth and getting the fall seeds in is a great way to enjoy this glorious Houston weather!

Seeds Planted as of Oct 10, 2010:

Cylindra beets
Carrots
Green Zen greens
Mustards
Small white turnips (root and greens)
Parsley
Mixed leaf lettuces
Endive
Parsnips
Green beans (bush and climbing)
Sugarsnap peas ( will also plant more throughout the fall)
Chinese broccoli

Still need to (rapidly) plant seeds for:

Swiss chard
Cilantro
Arugula
Kales
Radish greens
Broccolli greens

Have also put in several broccoli plants, purple basil plants (they seem to hold up better to the cold), a few chard plants, and a few assorted herbs.

Some potato plants and clumps of bulb fennel are coming back from last year.
And the Jerusalem Artichokes will also soon be ready.

This is making me hungry!

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