Tuesday, August 05, 2008

there are, it may be, so many colors of green

and none without signification

lemon balm -- it was here when we came, is right about the place where we found the morels, and continues to flourish

backlit sunflowers in front of hard corn

in the midst of the corn (hard corn) -- it is over 12 feet tall

two of the cabbages -- cabbages are part of what we eat while we are here meaning that they are essential food if you wish to feed yourself

some bush-type green beans -- we grow a whole lotta different sorts of green beans, again, because they are important

I love the way the green came out in in all of these


Cielo said...


I spent some time this evening sitting beside a creek with a blade of grass in my hand, contemplating green. Kismet?

Anonymous said...

Why do I always think of Little Shop Of Horrors when I see cabbage?


Wendy said...

Ah! Green!

Incidentally, I'm learning to really love cabbage, and I agree - very important.

Do you preserve it for use during the winter? What do you do with it?

CG said...

well, cabbage is really a cold weather plant, so seed some now and every two weeks until you decide to stop then you'll have some at every stage. In my local climate, it will often keep growing sporadically all winter unless one of those real hard freezes comes. To preserve you can root cellar, or "hole" (dig a trench, pull up cabbages whole with roots, turn them upside down in the trench, fill in trench with dirt leaving the roots sticking up), or you can make sour kraut or even blanch and freeze (ok, I don't actually know anyone who does that last one).

Cabbage and all the coles really are full of sulfur which is why they stink and make you fart until you get used to them and are so healthy. Kale will very often grow through the winter -- on the very coldest nights you can cover it with a sheet. Coleman advocates a grow and hold method of getting greens through the winter and we're enough further south that we can expect a bit of actual grown through most of the winter.

laura said...

all the lovely greens!!

looking at all this beauty makes me excited about my garden for next year as we plan to do a lot of things differently. not that i don't love my garden this year, it's just i want more from my garden and while SFG is wonderful and easy for someone like me, it is limited.

CG said...

SFG has some good ideas that can be incorporated into a more substantial garden. We have found breaking up plantings in general to be a good thing. But not with everything. Putting the weed cloth under everything certainly limits root growth, and nutrient incorporation, and really makes the whole thing unsustainable in a real way. I'm really glad old Mel got you to give it a start though!