I’m FINALLY feeling better. Outside temperature was in the 50’s yesterday, almost 60°F today, and although I wasn’t up to it yesterday, I braved the overcast weather and went out to take care of some much needed cleanup and final harvest in the garden.
I was worried that the super cold dips down to upper teens last month might have destroyed the fall-planted root crops, etc. in the SunflowerHouse beds ... I was hoping to see some of the daikon ready to harvest ....
Well, they were all still up and growing, with bunch of weeds that needed to be removed. There were carrots that could be harvested — up to 1” diameter and 3-4” long, but the daikon were still too small. (those white things are either radish or turnip) Some of the radish were ready, and I thinned the broccoli where there were two plants growing together. Turnips were growing well as were Tronchuda (though they were not harvest size).
- I overestimated my ability to get everything done in a 2-3 hour rain-free break in the weather, and I ended up continuing to work in drizzle and rain — got soaked.
- I covered up the SunflowerHouse beds with the medium tunnel covers and added an extra layer for good measure.
- Oh, and I caught about 1/2 dozen gigantic slugs, slugging around under the tunnel among the daikon, carrots, and radishes.
...I dunno ... it might have been better to just harvest all the undersized carrots as baby carrots and call it done, but I’m still hoping they might all overwinter. A bit bummed I couldn’t finish the high tunnel/house, but them’s are the breaks.
ETA — DD’s report that these carrots are sweet and tasty — in fact they had eaten two of the biggest and I had used some of the medium sized ones by the time I took the above photo, and the biggest carrots have been steadily disappearing since
...carrots harvested after frost/snowfall In colder regions into winter are called "under snow" carrots 雪下にんじん in Japan and are considered seasonal specialty produce and sold carefully packed and shipped or sold for the regional tourism and catering industry. Mine aren’t in any way as fancy as that, but I’m glad my DD’s are enjoying them.