Although it doesn’t feel like winter yet, today I officially started my fall and winter edible garden. I never knew how many plants will grow, or survive up until frost and/or all winter.
I started this late planting season with two types of radish, swiss chard, and kale. Radishes grow quickly, so I will be able to enjoy them and their greens in about 21 days. They are great for my patio garden because they only need an inch apart for growing space, so I can grow quite a few in one pot and bring them in when the weather gets too cold. They come in all sorts of lovely colors. I am planting White Icicles and French Dressing, which respectively are pail yellow and more traditional red outside and white inside.
The Pot of Gold swiss chard that I planted today grows well in containers and has a beautiful yellow stem. In mild climates it and kale will grow year long outside, but I think that here in DC I will have to bring them in on really cold days. The flavors of both plants actually improve after frost, although I don’t have a clue why that is.
I am planning on setting up a window in the office for most of the plants to go come late November. We have two bookshelves on either side of the window, so I am going to put a board across each set of shelves so that they will get a ton of light (the window faces south). I will post pictures of this set up as soon as it is done
More plantings will go in soon. Stay tuned and I will let you know how my winter harvest goes.