This holiday weekend, the garden is soggy from steady rains. But the day before Thanksgiving yielded a warm, dry spell that got me out amongst the vegetable beds to harvest a bounty for our holiday dinner, and to reflect on the many reasons to be thankful.
Here is my annual photo essay on the joys of year-round gardening.
Not much is flowering in the garden right now, but this edible chrysanthemum (also called shungiku) is too cheery to cut!
Redventure celery provided a bounteous harvest for our Thanksgiving stuffing recipe.
Two tall Roodnerf Brussels sprouts plants yielded enough small- and medium-sized sprouts for a generous side dish, lightly spiced with a fresh onion.
Young Chablis Yellow carrots are still brightly growing under my Triangle Tunnel cold frame.
Arugula: a reliable winter flower and leafy green to spice up our salads.
I missed harvesting a small apple high on our Liberty tree, and the cluster of leaves from our unusually warm fall makes that branch remind me of spring.
My raised bed cold frame hosted Jimmy Nardello peppers this summer, and some are still alive and turning red amongst a flotilla of parsley leaves.
This Black Spanish radish, growing large right next to a path, will need to be moved before it sends up its rangy flower head.
Those are All American parsnips under the big floppy leaves, and you can barely see where I pulled three of them for our holiday dinner.
Baby mustard greens are coming in thick under a layer of floating row cover.
One beautiful leaf from this Miike Giant mustard is enough to spice up a salad or soup.
A stray leek escaped notice among summer plants, and now is full size.
This perennial kale is in its second year and still offering plentiful harvests.
The Broad Windsor fava beans planted on October 30 are poking up cheerily through their protective mulch.
Mystery brassicas: these two volunteers that cropped up among the fall greens are probably cabbages.
The deep red stems and dusky green leaves of this ruby chard are luxurious among the parsley ground cover.
The Purple Sprouting broccoli didn’t provide any food for our Thanksgiving meal, but its healthy growth promises early spring abundance.