Hi there; I just wanted to repeat what I said in my introduction about my blog. i.e, I have one. It is called Seasonal Ontario Food and a lot of it is recipes, but it also includes posts about visits to farms and other food producers/processors AND posts about our garden and some of the vegetables we grow in it.
For garden posts, check the index for "A Note from the Garden". For posts about particular vegetables (and fruits) check "A Varietal Report".
Silt/clay, high-altitude, super-arid, sun-drenched, irrigated-desert garden. Cold radiant-cooled nights. ~100 frost free days. Grow most of my own locally adapted landrace seed. GDD10C ~1300. Buy my book or subscribe to my newsletter at Lofthouse.com.
Holly, steal away! Maybe just note where it came from. But my nefarious plan is definitely to get people eating more rutabagas so I'm not too picky. Made mashed rutabaga and celeriac tonight, it will get posted as a recipe next week some time. Definitely got a more than passing grade!
Joseph, I think CSA customers would be most alarmed to discover they should be raising hogs with their rutabagas!
Templeton, that's a picture of what we call "Spring" in Ontario. All the snow melts all of a sudden, and it has to go somewhere...
I took the picture last year or even the year before (I forget) on a trip to Ottawa. It was just a little south-east of Eganville, off of Fourth Chute Road, or to put it another way, the middle of nowhere.
I try to change my header once a month, to a landscape reflective of the season. That photo was actually taken in April, but that's what the waters look like around here at the moment. It's looking like an early spring for us.
Speaking of what to do with rutabagas... they really are the next big thing. I like cutting them into fries and frying them. Tastes great. Mix with parsnips. Convinces even the hardline Americana diet people of other veggies besides onions and potatoes! Mash rutabaga with potatoes. Puree rutabaga into soup just like turnip. Shred rutabaga for rutabaga hashbrowns or cube rutabaga and potatoes for morning home fries. I dunno those are some things I enjoy doing with them.
Post by ottawagardener on Mar 20, 2012 7:17:32 GMT -5
Well then I must get me some rutabaga seeds. Wouldn't want to be behind the times!
I concur with the spring-in-Ontario comment. At least around here it is usually a swimming pool of melt for a week or two. This year we've had less snow so it's just a bit of squishy mud bath in places but not very puddly.
Garden is a clearing in the woods grading from shallow, rocky soil supporting a maple bush to a pine forest planted on sandy soil and a clay bottomland with spruce and tamarack.