Garden Diary - December 2020

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Another Visit to Phillips Farm Market
Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Another visit to Phillips Farm Market. Open Wednesday through Sunday, always with excellent produce. But Wednesday is a good day to go because that (and Saturday) is when they have apple cider donuts. And now they are gearing up for the holiday season with a diversity of greenery.

Mushroom baskets filled with mixed greenery: spruce, fir, pine and more.

Others have sealing wax red holly berries and berried sprigs of juniper.

There are unadorned sprays of heavily berried juniper. Could I buy just one,
I wonder. And use the berries to season venison. Birds have stripped them
from the tree that I usually forage from. All I'd need is one branch. Must ask.

Wreaths in assorted sizes, for door or window, or even on your car.

Enough of the merely decorative. How about the edibles.

Heaping mounds of Brussels sprouts. Excellent roasted, nice simple steamed -
but watch they don't become overcooked. Superb combined with chestnuts too.

Winter squash, with a rind that needs an axe to split. One site I saw suggested
just slamming them down onto pavement to shatter into pieces. I don't think so.
Hubbard squash deserve respect. No axe? Try using a sturdy knife and a mallet.

A few days ago I noticed that the space between the crop rows of greens was mulched with straw. It's cleaner and doesn't have the weedy seeds that hay would bring. Now a final covering of horticultural fleece to offer some protection from a frost, insulating against cold temperatures, and protect plants from wind and hail. Careful attention for the harvests ahead.

UPDATE: Saturday, 20 January 2021
I asked Marc Phillips what kind of greens were growing, neatly tucked up against winter cold. Once we were clear about what / where I was talking about he told me
the plants are strawberries, and this will be a pick-your-own field later on, in spring.

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