Friday, February 6, 2015

My gardens right now... and a mind-controlling cabbage

I figure it's high time to post some garden photos!

Here are some of my new perennial beds, built from reclaimed cinderblock taken from a demolition site:


The stick in the middle of the long bed to the left is an astringent Japanese persimmon tree. They really don't get all that large so I figured why not include one in my garden?

Around it are various raspberry varieties I'm testing, along with some herbs, a perennial marigold, cutleaf coneflowers, and Lion's ear plants for the pollinators.

In the long bed to the back is one of my moringa trees, a lemon balm, a variegated shell ginger and a Red Angel pomegranate tree with a birdhouse hanging askew in it. In the mulch of that bed I also planted a lot of turmeric roots which probably won't pop up until May or so.

This piece of fence below will soon have a row of espaliered fruit trees planted in front of it, with perennial vegetables, berries and flowers interspersed beneath them:


You can just see the wire I strung earlier this week as a support for branches. The strip will be 4' wide, with nitrogen fixers dotted amongst the other plants.

I think I'll call it my Four-Foot Food Forest.

Very exciting. It's going to be epic.

Now here's a shot of my annual beds as seen from between the Red Angel pomegranate and the moringa tree:


Some of those beds contain turnips, cauliflower, collards, beets and daikons.

This is my main daikon/beet bed:


Here's another angle:


Rachel has been using the Whizbang Wheel hoe on the paths to keep them clear. I took photos right after she finished this section. It's a seriously simple tool to use and makes hoeing a pleasure rather than a chore.

Speaking of things that aren't chores... here's a cauliflower we just harvested:



That clocked in at just under 2lbs and had a rich, nutty flavor that beats the tar out of anything I could buy at the store.

On the other side of the white fence where I keep some of my nursery stock, I have a couple of long beds I decided to create using plastic sheeting with holes cut for the transplants. They've done really, really well.



We have a lot of cabbages growing. They're just so cool-looking in the garden I feel compelled to plant them over and over again.

Perhaps all the sauerkraut I make has changed the DNA of my brain, but isn't this the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen?


I don't know if I should say this... but my cabbage actually talks to me. In my mind. 

Like... ALL THE TIME.

In fact... I think I can hear it talking to me right now...

CABBAGE: DAVID

Can you hear it? It's... it's...

CABBAGE: DAVID

I hear you, master.

CABBAGE: COME OUTSIDE AND FEED US

But... I'm working on my blog...!

CABBAGE: IRRELEVANT - YOU MUST OBEY

I...

CABBAGE: OBEY

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11 Comments:

At February 6, 2015 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Jorge Duncan said...

Obey, David...Obey. :)

 
At February 6, 2015 at 4:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Resistance... is futile!

 
At February 6, 2015 at 5:06 PM , Blogger jean said...

Cabbages really do look beautiful. I stare at mine in the garden, too. Looks like you'll have some good eats this year, David.

 
At February 6, 2015 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Scott Scarborough said...

Are the cauliflower leaves edible?

 
At February 6, 2015 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

"I am cabbage of nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 1!"

 
At February 6, 2015 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

Yes. Sometimes a bit tough, but good. A lot like a collard.

 
At February 6, 2015 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

Every year I marvel at the increase on our labor. I think my favorite cabbages are the savoy with the crinkly leaves. I didn't manage to get any of those this year.

 
At February 6, 2015 at 7:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you make your kraut?

 
At February 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM , Anonymous Survival Gardener AKA David the Good said...

My method is here:

http://thebrillianthomestead.com/rocket-stoves/recipes/making-homemade-sauerkraut-with-sandor-katz-plus-a-homemade-sauerkraut-recipe/

I'll often only let it sit on the counter for 3 days or so, then pop it in the fridge. Here in Florida I've noticed it sometimes develops off flavors with our warm climate. Chilling and waiting for a week or two after the initial 3-day makes for good kraut.

 
At February 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM , Blogger Scott Scarborough said...

Do you ever plant anything in the holes of your cinder blocks? I have tried a few times, with limited success.

 
At February 8, 2015 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

I have in the past... also with limited success.

 

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