We had a couple of warm days in the low 70s, but its back to cold again. And next week it will be back to warm for a few days, then back to cold again. We should call this the "see saw" season, instead of winter.
I was wondering through the garden today. I tripped over an old vine, and out popped a nice Acorn Squash that I missed. I split it, saved the seeds, and cooked it with a little butter and brown sugar. Talk about goooood. Wonderful complex flavors, but simple to prepare, and healthy. Got to love that. Its funny, that my family, in-laws, and no one else I know ate the winter squashes. They sure were missing some good food, but I'm not. They'll always be a part of my garden from here on out.
While I was in seed saving mood, I went out and got some Cucumber seeds. I had read to let them get yellow and soft before harvesting the seeds. Needless to say, I wasn't looking forward to this operation, but in spite of the fact that they were pretty disgusting looking, yellow and soggy, the insides still smelled like fresh Cucumber. To say I was relieved is an understatement.
The second set of heads are starting on the Broccoli, in spite of the fact, that I let a couple of large first round heads go to flower. Hey, at least the bees love me. They are all over those pretty yellow Broccoli flowers. I did lose a couple of Cauliflower heads, which turned yellow and ugly after the freeze of last week, but I had already harvested, and gave away so much, that I can't say that I minded. I still have some Cheddar Cauliflower coming along, too.
And still got a great crop of lettuce, along with enough Georgia Collards to feed a small army. My Curled Leaf Collards are shaping up great as well, while my spinach looks like really sorry. Beets and Carrots don't look so good either. Go figure.