Icy Morning

Two very frosty mornings in a row not so surprising considering it is January. Overall in this neck of the woods it has been quite mild through late fall and early winter. A couple nights in the teens seem a fair trade.

Some lovely ice patterns near some runoff in the driveway this morning,

Lovely ice patterns near some runoff in the driveway this morning.

I've been hoping to catch some hoar frost this winter but have not.

I’ve been hoping to catch some hoar frost this winter but have not.

And on the garden front things faired nicely through last night’s 15 degrees. It’s true there is not much out there at this late date but I’m a diehard about harvesting every bite I can!

Still about a dozen small heads of broccoli and some side shoots. So delicious!

Still about a dozen small heads of broccoli and some side shoots. So delicious!

The cilantro has been quite happy with the cold weather. It puzzles me because some sources say it is a hot weather crop but mostly it just bolts at the first sign of heat. This old glass baking dish makes a perfect mini hot house - too chipped to be used or to go to the thrift store it is perfect for the garden. Currently looking for a few more of these.

The cilantro has been quite happy with the cold weather. It puzzles me because some sources say it is a hot weather crop but mostly it just bolts at the first sign of heat. This old glass baking dish makes a perfect mini hot house – too chipped to be used or to go to the thrift store it is perfect for the garden. Currently looking for a few more of these.

Seven kale plants under makeshift cloches - gallon jars and plenty of straw will ensure a planting success in the coldest weather.

Seven kale plants under makeshift cloches – gallon jars and plenty of straw will ensure a planting success in the coldest weather. The kales are about 4 inches tall and happy.

Inside that dark spot is a small perfect cabbage, crisp and delicious. Just perfect for one meal. You might  wonder at the variety. Me to. Next year I will do better in that department.

Inside that dark spot is a small perfect cabbage, crisp and delicious. Just perfect for one meal. You might wonder at the variety. Me to. Next year I will do better in that department.

Today is Gene’s birthday and I will make the traditional annual poppy seed cake. Photos and recipe tomorrow!

signature, Sarah

 

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