1 – Frozen Dandelion
The beauty of nature! Frosted over, this dandelion looks just lovely. When I got my allotment last year, dandelions were some of the first plants to colonize the otherwise barren plot.
2 – Frozen Onion
I planted a couple of onions all over the plot and, predictably enough, couldn’t locate all of them again. I suppose there’s a reason why people make beds in their garden and don’t just drop plants randomly…
3 – Dead Sunflowers
And a Verbascum (Königskerze in German). I decided to just leave them over winter because dead plants are supposed to be good hiding places for insects. I also like that not everything in my garden was pressed flat by the snow. In spring I will use them as stalks for climbing plants.
4 – Brussel Sprouts
Here’s a plant that loves the cold. In fact, the cold is good for it; brussel sprouts taste sweeter after frost. I take a few every couple weeks and hope they will last until the next batch of fresh veggies.
5 – Snow Pea „Frieda Welten“
Frieda Welten was a Swiss pioneer of organic farming; you can read a bit about her in this article (in German): Frieda Welten und Anita Schoch; zwei Frauen, zwei Welten. This snow pea is named after her. It is sown in autumn and starts growing under the snow. You can buy the seeds in several shops here in Switzerland.
6 – Couve Galega
This is Couve Galega, badly mistreated by the winter snow and my lack of care. It’s a traditional Portuguese collard that is used for the national dish Caldo Verde. I’ll have to treat it better or the Portuguese allotmenteers will be angry with me…