Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Picking Fresh Veggies From My Michigan Garden in January

Winter Gardening in Michigan, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for

Picking Fresh Veggies From My Michigan Garden In January

I just dug fresh carrots & parsnips, and picked Kale from my snowy January garden.

To extend harvesting carrots & parsnips simply mulch in the fall (click Mulching Carrots to view more details).
(It is also important to thin the carrot plants in the summer - click "The Importance of Thinning" to see more).

Winter Gardening in Michigan, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for

Kale is an amazing plant! - when our daily temperatures were in the low 20's (F) and in the teens at night it looked like the Kale had died.  But, when the temperatures got to about 40 degrees or more, these Kale plants just bounced back!  I picked the Kale last week during our January thaw when our temperatures reached above 40 degrees.

To view 4 different Kale varieties click here: 
Kale- 4 Different Varieties


Winter Gardening in Michigan, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for


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  1. Mmmm... 'Love getting things from the garden all year! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Fun! Love the parsnips, just wish ours would get thicker like the ones I get at the store. The ones I raise tend to be long and skinny, even when thinned. Do you think the ones in the store start out with all those little wispy hairs too? I suppose so. They must be taken off and waxed or something.

    1. Unfortunately the hairy roots come from a virus (or bacteria - not sure which one it is) called "aster yellows". This disease is almost impossible to cure & I try to grow as organic as possible so I just put up with the hairy roots. I have read that this disease can cause a bitter taste but I haven't found that with my produce (thankfully) - maybe a few carrots have been bitter but the parsnips this year especially are so sweet. The look might not be "store" quality but the taste by far surpasses the store.
      Thanks so much for stopping by! If you ever find a cure for the "hairy parsnip roots" please let me know.

  3. I am very new to gardening and I thought you could only garden in the spring summer. This excites me that you can do it year round. Thanks so much for sharing this! And your veggies look YUMMY!

  4. Wow, that's pretty special -- fresh homegrown veggies in January!

  5. Beautiful veggies! I love the fact that they can survive this Michigan weather...I'm struggling myself! :-)

  6. I am so impressed. This gives me hope. Maybe I'll try for winter hardies next year.

    Thanks for Sharing on photo Friday. Hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend.


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