We’ve had a lot of cold weather in the past few weeks, days barely above thirty-two and nights close to twenty. Almost every winter we get these cold spells, those of 2012 and 2014 come to mind, and during each I wonder what will still be thriving in the winter kitchen garden once the cold passes and we return to our usual temperate coastal winter temperatures. Experience tells me that the heavily mulched root vegetables, the rutabaga, turnips, parsnips, carrots, beets, will be fine and most of the plastic and Reemay-covered kale, mustard, arugula and radicchio will be too. Walking through the garden, surveying the mulched mounds, the frosted cold frame, plastic tunnels and Reemay blankets, I remind myself that everything will taste sweeter after this cold. But it is hard to look at this frozen garden.
Luckily there are storage vegetables to get us through these cold times. Winter squash, potatoes, onions, dried beans and dried tomatoes and the shell beans, corn and peppers I put up at the end of summer all offer comforting meals. I have a black bean, poblano pepper and onion soup simmering on the stove for lunch. I may add a bit of leftover baked Buttercup squash to it for sweetness. And I’ll top it with a dollop of spicy red pepper hazelnut sauce.
I’ll roast another winter squash or two and make a savory tart and perhaps some squash soup. I’ll sauté some onions, thaw some roasted peppers and put them on a pizza.
For a salad perhaps some corn, black beans and slices of dried tomato.
We’ll be fine until the more temperate weather returns. And we’ll enjoy the clear skies and sun that come with these cold spells. If cold brings sun, it can’t be entirely bad.
My name is Robin Richie, and I am a landscape contractor located in Kitsap County, Bremerton, WA area.
I have a good friend and client that owns a home on Lopez Island, and over the years they have contracted me to provide landscaping services.
This year, I have been contracted to build raised garden beds. I was hoping to have an opportunity to discuss raised bed gardening with you in an effort to understand the many variables of growing fruits and vegetables on the Island. I would be more than happy to compensate you for your time.
I am planning a site visit to Lopez sometime before January 10th, and was hoping you might have some time to meet with me.
Please let me know if this is something you would consider, and if not, perhaps you could recommend someone on the Island that would be able to help.
Thanks again for your time.
Robin Richie Owner/Contractor Madrona Point Landscaping PO BOX 4368 Bremerton, WA. 98312 360*908*1319