Holiday Greetings! All the kids and our new granddaughter, Mira, were home this week, along with Mike’s mom, so there has been constant commotion in the kitchen (I unloaded the dishwasher 3 times yesterday). We had both smoked and roasted turkey with the traditional cornbread stuffing, mashed ‘taters, gravy, cranberry sauce, and 5-cup ambrosia salad. Matt made some incredibly awesome Russian black bread, Kate made gingerbread cookies, Aric did the pies (apple-cranberry and sweet potato), and Tuan helped out by keeping Mira entertained and happy. Bob brought both green bean and asparagus casserole, and Andy and Leah arrived in town just in time for dinner.
As for gardening, in October and November Mike made two walk-in hoop houses to cover three garden beds each. We’ve had some low (15 F) and high (70 F) temps since then, and so far the lettuce, greens, herbs, carrots, or leeks under the plastic are doing well. A second planting of arugula, lettuce and cilantro are coming up, and I’m excited about the possibility of getting peas, spinach, and potatoes started in the next few weeks. I’m also going to try fava beans this spring; I bought several different varieties when we were in England last May. Kim sent me three new varieties of garlic – Siberian, Chesnock Red and Asian Tempest – so I’ll plant them this week in the hoop houses to give them a good start (because you know I never have enough garlic – HA!).