Friday, January 5, 2018

Garden Friday

Welcome to the first Garden Friday of the New Year!

 A couple of weeks ago,
the garden was hibernating under this.
We haven't had snow since,
but temperatures have been consistently bitter,
in the teens overnight 
and hitting highs in the high 20's to low 30's during the sunniest of days.


 Before the onslaught of the chill,
the garden was restyled,
to make it easier for me to cover it during winter's frigid nights.
The pots were rearranged to make them more compact,
and rabbit fencing was added to the perimeter of the tallest plants.

The whole kit-and-kaboodle is covered with white sheets
anytime it is below 32 degrees.
For now, it's the best I can do,
as I have no row cover.
When temperatures in the mid-to-high 30's grace us for the day,
the sheets are lowered so the veggies can get some sun.
The pots on the outside of the cage are covered with inverted pots
and a brick placed on top.


 Before the chill hit, I was able to check on a couple of crops.
The broccoli is almost ready for picking.
Small shoots can be spotted underneath the main head.
This is the Pacman variety.
It's been great not having to worry about bugs
because of the colder temps.

 The Brussels Sprouts are starting to bud.
This is the first time I've tried growing these,
they are just so much fun to watch.

 We also have carrots, beets, kale, leeks,
and more broccoli starts out there.
Not knowing much about growing in a true winter climate,
I will be pleased with any produce we can grow.

What are you growing this winter?

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