Friday, November 21, 2008

A month early

Winter has arrived a month early here in southeast Pennsylvania. Nights dipping down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, wind chills, and now a covering of snow this morning. The broccoli raab just looked plain sad this morning when I pulled my car into a parking spot at Pathway. I have not glanced under the floating row cover which hid the one remaining bed of lettuce. The two other beds were harvested at the beginning of this week and has found its way to the homes of my colleagues.

And that may be one of the saddest aspects of this seasonal change here in zone 6. My students love to go about the campus of Pathway and sell our veggies. One day I asked a student why he wanted to be part of the selling team. He answered, "People smile at me when I walk into the room."

We may or we may not have some lettuce to sell. Here is how our spring crop looked as I sit hoping for one more harvest before springtime, 2009. Who doesn't need some more smiles?

morning after deluge 2-- leaf lettuce


Driving home late Saturday night, I saw temperature signs that ranged from 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Can't say I had a bunch of hope as I walked down to the garden with a student, but I had some. Lettuce is hardyy and it was covered. So I am glad to report that we had one last harvest, but as of now the garden is done producing for 2008.


tina said...

Yahoo for one last lettuce harvest! I keep up with few PA bloggers and they have been posting about the cold you all have up there. One would not think Tennessee and Pennsylvania would be so different. I wish you a very Happy New year! Glad to see you are on Blotanical.

Wayne Stratz said...

Tina-- thanks for stopping by and for reading the first post to my blog.

tina said...

My pleasure. I always like finding new garden blogs. I don't seek out so many new blogs anymore so I am happy you stopped by my blog so I could find yours. I read all your posts, just chose to comment on this one and it is still fairly recent.

I also wanted to say a big thanks for the info on the marula. Most new commenters don't subscribe or don't come back with a response so I was surprised that you did-sister was impressed too. The marula sounds so fascinating! It must've tasted good for elephants to love it so much even when fermented. A funny sight to see a drunk elephant btw, though I've never seen one! But the website DID NOT say what the marula tasted like though it had a perfect description of the fruit. I am dying to know-strawberries-bananas-plums-anything close? Just kidding but if your wife would disclose it do let me know! :)

Wayne Stratz said...

tina-- glad I impressed sister ;') Why blog if your not going to communicate is my philosophy. if your were close by we could have a fern omelet with marula jelly on our toast! I would hazard it has a fruity flavor. your on your own.

tina said...

Ha! You hit the nail on the head with blogging-so hope you don't mind me commenting again! Ha! You never know when I might stop in PA now so don't eat all that marula jelly:)

Do check out my other two friendly PA bloggers whom I had the pleasure of meeting in October (we all posted about the meeting on our blogs). They are Cindy at Walk Down the Garden Path and TC at The Write Gardener. ttyl