I'm worried about the garlic. A good portion of it has begun to sprout through the wood chip mulch. This is only my third year growing garlic, so I have much to learn, but I don't think it's supposed to be doing that. It's supposed to be taking a long winter's nap. Maybe I should've buried it deeper, or maybe that mulch is doing too good of a job keeping the soil warm and tricking the cloves into thinking it's spring? I don't know. I found this info to be reassuring, but I'm probably still going to fret about it for the next four months. Plants are smart, though, even in the face of user-error, so I'm still hoping for a good crop.
I finally got around to de-seeding and grinding up the paprika and cayenne peppers I had been drying for months now. It wasn't the most pleasant task, but is an excellent way to clear out your sinuses! (and discourage others from entering the kitchen to ask for a snack). I'm glad I don't have to do that again anytime soon.
I also harvested the ginger. Oh, it is a sad looking harvest! I think I may need to continue adding compost tea as a fertilizer the next time, and look into how to increase my yield.
We have a few pumpkins left sitting in the very cold mudroom awaiting some inspiration for cooking. Pumpkin cheesecake sounds like it might be a good option. Before we shared it with the goats and chickens, our Halloween pumpkin made the perfect lounge chair.
Is anything still growing in your neck of the woods?