First Harvest of 2015: January 2!

I took advantage of some nice weather over the long weekend to inspect the garden and harvest seem arugula and tat soi. There are other Asian greens, plus some kale and lettuce, and some root vegetables that may or may not form roots, but this gives you an idea of a lazy person's winter garden in zone 7!

Kale, arugula, and collard greens--their only protection is a double layer of row cover.

Kale, arugula, and collard greens--their only protection is a double layer of row cover.

Herbs like thyme, rosemary, and even oregano survive without protection (though they do get some wind blockage from the fences and green houses).

Herbs like thyme, rosemary, and even oregano survive without protection (though they do get some wind blockage from the fences and green houses).

Korean radishes and tat soi

Korean radishes and tat soi

I planted these golden turnips quite a while ago--still not sure if they will form suitable roots. Timing is everything with winter gardening, and I am still learning.

I planted these golden turnips quite a while ago--still not sure if they will form suitable roots. Timing is everything with winter gardening, and I am still learning.

Fresh greens and herbs make all the difference, especially in winter.

Fresh greens and herbs make all the difference, especially in winter.

Even in colder climates, cold-tolerant varieties like this mache will thrive.

Even in colder climates, cold-tolerant varieties like this mache will thrive.

Less successful attempts include the Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and lava beans--again, all about the timing.