Q1 in my garden
Maybe I forgot to tell you that I planted a fall/winter garden in my raised beds last September. I signed up for a CSA of plants from these folks, which provided me two flats of starts by the 15th of September. After clearing out the summer crops, turning over and amending my soil a bit, I planted most everything I received in the raised beds and stuffed a few others in pots and planters here and there too.
Everything has done quite well, especially with the mild temperatures we enjoyed until very recently. But even with the freezing temps, all seems fine with overwintering plants now that we put a protective cover over them. The cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli, and red bunching onions are still healthy. The kale is looking lovely and tasting sweeter and sweeter with the cold weather.
|Purple sprouting broccoli and cauliflower (and arugula running amok).|
|Lettuces and spinach hanging out in the toasty grower . . . and a few beets.|
|The chard patch (why I grow it I'm not sure. I much prefer kale).|
|The raspberry patch before the clean up.|
One of the projects I had really hoped to accomplish in 2012 was get a compost system going. Where to put it, however, has been the big question. I'd like a three-bin arrangement so I could have piles at different stages and useable compost available throughout the year. I have a friend with chickens who has offered me as much manure as I'd like but I need to compost it before using it on the garden. Oh the beautiful soil that would build!
Which brings me to my plans and goals for the veggie garden this year . . .
- Plant fewer peas and more kale
- Skip the tomatoes and chard
- Try a few new crops--maybe fennel bulb and some runner beans?
- Plant rhubarb
- Get started early by planting peas, spinach, and radishes in late February
- Start composting
- Beat the fruitworms for good
- Install copper slug tape on beds to protect strawberries and greens
- Refresh the cedar chips on garden paths
- Plant cover crops this fall instead of growing veggies
|Kale starts that wouldn't fit into the veggie beds in September happily growing in a pot on the porch.|
|Wyatt's row marker collection.|