Winter Garden Update
My Brussels sprout plants shortly after planting in October 2009.
If they stay on pace, we'll get a harvest in early spring. Lots of holes in the leaves. But the straw is keeping them from freezing (that and the fact that it hasn't gotten below 40˚F in the last month) and it keeps the air circulating as they grow taller. Not bad for a first attempt in the off season.
Predictably, the slugs have devoured what remained of the lettuces and radicchio.
But before that occurred, I managed to harvest five small heads of crimson radicchio around Thanksgiving time. I think I'll definitely grow radicchio again next season.
As for the rest: the thyme is healthy and the leeks are still growing (yeah!). I've covered them with hay, too, in the hopes they will fare well should we get a freeze this month.
Apparently, however, my garlic is confused. Our temperate winter weather has tricked my garlic into thinking that spring is here. Now it's starting to come up. Argh.
I still have some clean up work to do before spring -- digging up the dahlia bulbs, moving around some of the perennials, spreading fresh chicken manure so it can age. Oh, and I discovered some volunteer Meeker raspberries that I would like to encourage, so I need to make some room for them to spread.
My compost piles under burlap are whithering nicely, which suggests that I should turn them this week. I guess that's the down side of having a garden plot working every season of the year -- the gardener has to work too.
Next thing you know, it'll be spring and I'll be planting peas. Oh, where are those seed catalogs . . .