Greens and spinach

I cooked a last harvest of mustard greens, Swiss chard, and a bit of Tuscan kale this evening — the rest of my hardy greens will be on their own this winter.  Perhaps our nice neighbors and HomeExchange folks here while we’re gone, will be able to harvest more as the days lengthen, and they start growing again in earnest.

The mild winter so far hasn’t presented much of a stress, aside from an unusual mid-October plummet into the teens.  There are signs of “early spring” all over here in our mountain town — quite unusual, although my hubbie claims that we regularly have temperatures in the 50° F range as highs this time of year.  Maybe so, but there are plants that are starting to flower now that shouldn’t:  camellias, yellow jasmine, Ozark witch hazel, etc.

I won’t be covering up my delightful spinach seedlings (we’ll be gone too long for that), but perhaps the mild winter will continue and they’ll welcome us back.  Whatever.  They’re delightful now, as we head north to a MUCH colder place.

young spinach in early January