There is some life in the garden yet…inch-tall kale and mustard seedlings from seed broadcast over one of our three 4′ x 40′ beds that I tilled under last week; a few tomato vines I took as suckers off the main crop and rooted in water in July; one hill of summer squash planted in early August that probably won’t set fruit; and soon, the turnip seeds I planted just this morning.
And yesterday, I cut back the unstoppable champion of this year’s garden and kitchen: swiss chard.
We’d let it go for a week without cutting and the leaves I culled yesterday were big as tobacco leaves, the flat celery like stalks 2 inches wide. The cuttings will make great “greens” for the compost pile after I get the machete or lawn mower to it to break it up into microbe-digestible pieces.
Pruned back to the ground, it will grow back to give us a few more meals yet, and we’ve been using the small leaves like lettuce for sandwiches and salads, its thicker texture and flavor more like that of spinach.
We’re not sure how we’ll change the mix of seeds we plant in next year’s garden, but Lucillus Swiss Chard will certainly be among them.
Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TARYN!