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ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 22, 2011 11:23 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Finally got around to taking a picture of the chard monster....
It's a Fordhook Giant & it's taken over half a bed. Big Grin
Thumb of 2011-06-22/DonkeyJay/ee9914
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Imagestormyla
Jun 22, 2011 11:33 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's huge Jae! Blinking Blinking How many plants is that?
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 22, 2011 12:17 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
One... it survived -24ยบ this last winter & when it came back from the root, it had several 'heads'.

That photo doesn't really do it justice... that's a 30" wide bed it's in. Now you know why I call yours 'bonsai chard'. Hilarious!

Oh, & the leaves are STILL tasty! Thumbs up
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AlohaHoya
Jun 22, 2011 1:31 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Looks like it's putting out seeds? You could be the JayChardseed of NM and environs with such sturdy stock!!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
Jun 22, 2011 2:03 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's unbelievable!!! Blinking Blinking
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 23, 2011 6:41 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
It's still working up to flowering, Carol. There's another one in the raised bed, not quite so rambunctious, hoping for a little cross-pollination. But it definitely comes under the 'mother of god!!!' category.

Right up there w/my 10# rutabaga. Hilarious!
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Imagestormyla
Jun 23, 2011 7:56 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
How does that 10# Rutabaga taste, Jay?
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 23, 2011 9:09 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
It was fine! Sweet & tender... I did approach it w/some trepidation, but it wasn't woody or bitter. Thumbs up

Took up a lot of room in the fridge, tho', so I don't think I'll let them get that big too often.
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Imagestormyla
Jun 23, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Jae, Do you mash them? That's the only way I ever cooked any.
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 23, 2011 9:35 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Yes, but we also roast them... cube 'em, toss 'em w/some olive oil & herbs, roast w/potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, etc. YUM!

They're also delish in stew, &--I haven't tried it yet--I've got a recipe for rutabaga au gratin.

OH, & grate it up & sprinkle it on your salad. Tried making slaw w/it, but that was a little too much. It might be good as an addition to a cabbage slaw, though.
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Imagestormyla
Jun 23, 2011 9:38 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I was thinking that roasting them with some S & P and garlic with a little Balsamic might be good. They give a lot of yield for a fairly inexpensive vegetable, one that is often overlooked at the market.

I have used them in soup too.
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 23, 2011 9:42 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
That sounds good! Yes, they are a good value & they store well, too. Didn't overwinter, tho, turned to mush when it got down in the single digits. But held up well before that. Would probably have done better if we'd mulched 'em w/sawdust rather than just an inch or two of straw.

Which reminds me... I've got to get some planted for this fall.... Thumbs up
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Imagestormyla
Jun 23, 2011 9:44 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Jay, Do you do no till veggie gardening?
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 23, 2011 9:50 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
No, I use a turning fork. I turn compost in every year, otherwise our clay loam gets pretty darn hard. And it knocks the bindweed back a bit.

I've got one bed that may be approaching no till possibility, but the rest are way too new. In fact, the ones in the high tunnel are being brought up from mineral soil; we had to scrap the hill to get a level spot. A couple of those beds are actually starting to look like soil! Hurray!
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Imagestormyla
Jun 23, 2011 11:45 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I've never been in the higher elevations in New Mexico. I've only visited the area around Tucumcari and the soil there was pretty darned poor, but typical of prairie soil, only drier.

Do you have any hardwood deciduous trees in your area?
AlohaHoya
Jun 23, 2011 11:52 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Love 'bagas raw! And it is ONLY food I gag on when cooked!!! The picture is gorgeous...! Lovey dubby
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
Jun 23, 2011 12:08 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
The next time I cook some Carol, I will try them raw!
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 23, 2011 12:14 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Don't worry gang, I do know what I'm doing w/the soil here...
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
Imagestormyla
Jun 23, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I'm sure you do Jay. I was just wondering if your soil ever gets leaf mold. I find it very interesting what folks from different parts of the country do to amend their soil.
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 23, 2011 3:43 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Leaf mold lasts about a month in our climate.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.

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