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Thursday, November 20, 2008

The First Hard Frost!

Welcome friends! Burrrrrr! It's cold out side! This week, we woke up to a thick layer of frost covering all the plants outside. Whatever was tender, is gone. It's actually rather exciting,
because now we can start enjoying hot crackling fires in the fireplace.
Back in August, Thelma and I put out some cool weather plants
that we are just now harvesting. I'm really quite a novice at vegetable gardening,
so I was so pleasantly surprised to see these little plants mature and bear.
I was told that these heads of cauliflower are unusually large.
They are bigger than the ones in the grocery store! And quite tasty too.

Here you see the remains of the cauliflower plants after harvesting heads,
and being bit by the frost! The variety I grew was called "Snow Crown"
and I bought the plants at Wal Mart.
They are an early variety, 50-55 days. But I harvested at 87 days.

This one still has a little head inside it. Make sure YOU space your plants 4-5' apart!
It makes for better air circulation, as well as allowing you too get to the heads
without stepping on other plants.

Here it is peeking out! Isn't it amazing! This one is not ready.

I'm so thankful the Lord has allowed me to have a garden.
Reading books about gardening is one thing, but actually
doing it is another. There is something fulfilling about
cultivating a garden: it is almost like watching your
children grow and blossom, only faster.


Anonymous said...

Hello, dear Sharon! I found your blog through a link at Proverbs 31, and I am so glad I did! You have a lovely, inspirational blog. I am amazed at the size of your cauliflower. I've never seen such a large one! God has truly blessed the fruit of your labors!

Paula said...

Dear Sharon,

I enjoyed your post so much. That is a big beautiful head of cauliflower!!! I am so excited for you.

I hope you and your family have a very blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy those warm fires in your lovely fireplace.
Love, Paula