Late harvest

Yesterday I harvested this carrot and the red beets. I do not have a big kitchen garden, but I value my small crops a lot.  But I will soon see the end of harvesting, this year.

These mangold plants would have been dead now, if I have not covered them a few nights. There have been freezing temperatures, at least 2.5 below zero. But there are still some vegetables and a few flowers in my garden.

Like this very beautiful, and very tasty red cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata f. rubra). Every morning I go outside to see if there is still life. And there is.

There are even some red currants left. But now I have removed the protection, so the birds can take the rest if they like.

The lettuce is not at its best. The cold have made them try to strech and grow to produce seeds. But there are still some leaves to enjoy.

One of the vegetables I worry the most about is maybe the brussel sprout. I love this vegetable, but mine are too small to harvest yet. The freezing cold and snow should wait a few more weeks, and it might. The weatherman has changed his mind.

Today I also found a really interesting blog about food, The Food Renegates, they write among other things how the big food companies use  the word “natural” as a sales trick, and how Denmark tax food with more than 2.3 % saturated fat. That means include healthy food like “avocados, butter from grass-fed cows, eggs from hens raised on pasture, and coconut oil.”

The European Union will turn more of the economic suppert from the big farms to the smaller and more environmental friendly ones, and that is a new turn i european farming politics. The british government is not so pleased by a “radical CAP reform.They envisage cuts in farm support payments of more than €150,000 a year, with a cap set at €300,000, in order to devote more subsidy to smaller, family-run farms and ensure a fairer distribution of funds.” Want to read about this news in norwegian, here is a link, “EU vil kutte til dei store”.

Want to see more of my images of vegetables and crops, here is a link to more photos.

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6 thoughts on “Late harvest

  1. You are so lucky to have a garden! Do you use heirloom seeds? After being on a wait list for a little over two years, my partner and I were given access to a small (5 by 10 ft) plot in a community garden in a park near our place. There is definitely something very rewarding about (at least some) of your food!

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    1. Hi Omar. I had to google heirloom seeds, and I think it is old, traditional or even inherited seeds? Well no, but I get some seeds from friends, and plants, and I buy some, and collect some in the autumn. Bought this house and garden in a rural place 9 yars ago, it is very cheap outside the city. The garden was only one big lawn, a lot of threes and bushes and a lot of weeds, but after I removed the weeds some old garden plants popped up! And I have worked on it since. Not easy since it is only sand underneath. But rewarding, absolutely, for 5 months a year. That is why I continue to live here, otherwise it would have been back to the city probably. But who can live without a garden, or a plot, or a big terrasse? God luck with the plot!

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      1. Yes, heirloom referring to an old variety of seeds (not hybrids). Well, I have to say that rural living is very appealing. Hopefully soon! And the area where you live, looks beautiful!

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