Winter’s Bounty: Harvesting Colors in Warm-Winter Climates

As much of the country is covered with snow, or too soggy to start spring gardening, the warm-winter gardener is reaping the blessings of mild temperatures. Winter’s bounty is a basket of root crops, greens and peas. Take a look at what we’re harvesting from this season’s Test Garden (p.s. we’re not bragging. There  have been plenty of failures due to drought conditions and heat waves, but these pictures are too colorful not to share).

Our kale may be full of aphids (thanks, heat wave) but our salad garden is going gangbusters.

Forellenschluss, Rouge d'hiver, Osaka mustard, arugula and other greens make a great salad.

Forellenschluss, Rouge d’hiver, Osaka mustard, arugula and other greens make a great salad.

We harvested potatoes that were starting to die back last week and found the biggest potatoes we’ve ever grown to date:

We're accustomed to small, but savory potatoes. This one tipped the scale at 14.5 oz.

We’re accustomed to small but savory potatoes. This one tipped the scale at 14.5 oz.

We’re harvesting colorful carrots every few days. They roast up beautifully and add color to any dish.

Multicolored carrots include Yellowstone, Cosmic Purple and Scarlet Nantes

Multicolored carrots include Yellowstone, Cosmic Purple and Scarlet Nantes

And now for some more color from the garden…

Fresh oranges from our tree

Fresh oranges from our tree

All-blue, russet and red potatoes are jewels from the garden.

All-blue, russet and red potatoes are jewels from the garden.

 

Whoever said gardening was boring just hasn't grown heirloom varieties yet.

Whoever said gardening was boring just hasn’t grown heirloom varieties yet.

Soon we’ll be planting spring seeds and seedlings for corn, tomatoes, onions, squash and more. For now, let’s enjoy the end of another great growing season.

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