I put in lettuce and greens way too late this year, so the long term yield won't be what it could have been. The lettuce (not pictured) still looks beautiful, but it's already producing the bitter white sap that signals the end of edibility.
The collards will go the longest during the warm weather, but it's really time to rip most of these greens out and stick in warm weather stuff.
The turnip greens, were planted very thickly and the deer appreciate this as they don't have to move as much to fill their bellies. (My deer defence fence has one unfinished section)
The deer did leave me some greens however, so last weekend, I dashed out and harvested this bowl of collards and turnip greens.
Southern cooks (or is it just me?) have a hard time cooking greens without pork seasoning of some kind. Usually we brown a little ham or bacon, add some water, salt, pepper, greens, and then boil it.
It's very good that way and there's lots of pot liquor produced for liquor lickers.
I stepped out of my box this time and stirfried the greens in just a little olive oil.
Okay, I kept one toe in the box, because I did mince up about one inch of a piece of Gilchrist sausage and brown it in the oil before the greens went in.
Wowsers, were these good. I only did the turnip greens and reserved the collards for another night.
Allright, I admit it, the sausage was superfluous in this dish and the next time I'll skip it. The leaves were tender and the stems semi-tender for a really nice contrast. The color was much more intensely green than when I boil them. This was really quick too.
Mrs. FC and I stood around munching them while I stirfried fresh green beans in sesame oil, garlic, cayenne, and a little teriyaki sauce. When they came off the stove, the wok went back to work for a quick stirfried chicken breast in sesame oil, rooster sauce, and teriyaki.
Pretty healthy southern (stir) fried eatin'.
This weekend, I hope to strip out the winter stuff and plant some warm weather edibles out in the garden ... after I fix that gap in de deer defence fence ... and I need to go get some more rocks so the now functioning Pure Florida Waterfall of Wonder can be completed and shared with you.
I don't know about your garden, but in my garden ... sometimes a hose isn't a hose.