A Really Late Harvest

Incredible but true: we’re still harvesting some of last year’s crops.

When the snow hit the day after Christmas, we hadn’t dug out the leeks. (Or harvested the Brussel sprouts and onions.) Between one snow storm or another or another, we had snow on the ground for about nine weeks. By time it had melted, the onions and sprouts were history, but the leeks looked great. A few dozen plants means we’re still eating them and will need to get the last of them out just in time to plant this year’s crop!

Arugula in mid-February

The Brit had planted some arugula late in the fall, protected by a cold frame. It, too, got buried in the snow, and we figured that if nothing else, the lack of light would have put an end to those greens. But, they, too survived and have thrived in the past month, with more light finally getting through. They are being mixed into our salads.

As for those mushrooms: the second crop was better, probably because I gave up on that little sprayer and just drenched them. But overall, I vote for buying them at the store.


Mushroom Fantasies

Given that we’ve had snow on the ground nonstop for more than a month now, spring is feeling a long way off. So the “grow your own mushroom garden” box, given by a friend, seems like the closest we’ll get to the garden for a while.

The box uses coffee grounds as soil and promises up to a pound of pearl oyster mushrooms from the box, and the website promises at least two crops. It’s supposed to be easy: open the brick of coffee grounds and spores, mist (twice a day) and harvest (starting in about seven). It even comes with a little mister.

Step one is to submerge the “brick” for 24 hours (I’m hoping aloe plant I’ve put on top will act as a good weight to keep it from floating). You can see black dots and something yellow on the side. I assume it’s a mix of spores and coffee grounds. Then I’ll give it access to indirect sun, mist regularly and see what happens.