Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hoop Houses and Urban Winter Garden Tour

I was just going to go outside yesterday and take some pictures of the many different vegetables we currently have growing in our hoop houses (as described on The Crunchy Chicken Facebook page), but I decided that I might as well make a video about it.

So, for your viewing pleasure, here's a short video of what's growing in our backyard in late January, 2012. I apologize for the weird camera smudginess at the beginning. I think our camera got some salt water spray on it from our recent trip to San Diego.



To watch the video on YouTube (if you are experiencing technical difficulties), you can see it here.

What do you have growing in your winter garden?

7 comments:

Erica said...

Looks like romanesco broccoli to me. ;)

Crunchy Chicken said...

It sure does, but I planted cauliflower, not broccoli. Is there a fractal type of cauliflower?

Robj98168 said...

You sure are organically botanical.

KShan68 said...

It's romanesco. I think it's technically in the broccoli family but is also called cauliflower. http://metrogarden.tumblr.com/post/12521458842/eiei-oh-vegetable-of-the-day-romanesco-cauliflower

Desiree said...

In VA, we've got lots of leeks,thyme, and kale. Just be patient with your rosemary -- ours always comes back after a heavy snow. And rosemary is good luck, so your house has to have a plant or two!

Kay Pere said...

Nice compact garden! The rosemary will probably sprout new growth from the center woody branches when your weather warms up. In the mean time, if you want to start a smaller rosemary plant or two, or share some with friends, just cut of sprigs from the toppled branches, remove the lower growth, and place them in an opaque vase of water. They will root! Once they're well rooted you can put them in pots or plant them out again.

The toppled branches may be the plants way of doing this for itself. If you leave the branches touching the ground you'll probably find that roots have begun to grow.

If you cut it back, you can root some and tie the rest in bunches with string or a rubber band, then hang the cuttings upside down by their ankles until they dry. I use paperclips unfolded into S shapes as hooks, hung it over a coat hangers in a dark place or over the edge of my bakers rack in the kitchen.

You've inspired me! Maybe next year I'll try to make a hoop house for my garden, Gaia Luna. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1898184690441.2095670.1116350216&type=3&l=473feb5427

Natasha Diamond said...

I have spinach, a lettuce mix and kale going in my 2 hoop houses! They look very similar to yours. We had a lovely fresh salad on Christmas day! This is our 3rd year, I think, using them and we absolutely love them. They are great for starting seeds and keeping young plants warm in the spring. It was a balmy 79 inside mine today! I keep the remote outdoor monitor for our weather clock inside of it so I know when to open it up to prevent overheating.

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