Winter is here. We have had temperatures in the upper 20’s. One day, we were colder than New York. What’s up with that? A snowy “blizzard” on Christmas day and then more sleet and snow. This week in the teens. THE TEENS. It has been years since I remember it getting that cold in Dallas. You know why this is happening don’t you? Yes, because I decided to start a garden blog. Not a recipe blog or diary blog but a garden blog….sweet.
All of my vegetables I am trying to grow through the winter are covered. So, I couldn’t stand it. I had to take a peek. Juuust to see how things were going.
But turns out, they are rather cozy under there. I harvested some of the watercress, arugula and lettuce for a salad. The watercress has grown fairly well but the arugula and lettuces are a bit larger than micro-greens. Oh well, it IS winter. It’s about this time of year I wish for a greenhouse, but unfortunately I have no room for one. Maybe I should rent space from my neighbor next door who does absolutely nothing with their outdoor space. Hmmm.
Seriously, I am worried about some of my plants, shrubs and one small tree in particular. I have been busily wrapping the tree. I did cover the top, but just didn’t get a picture of the end results. You get the idea.
The spinach is about the same size as a few weeks ago and probably won’t grow much until early Spring. That is, if I can keep it alive. The kale had frost on it this morning even with the row cover and didn’t look too good, so it may not make it.
The radishes are hanging in there too.
Most everything else has a row cover or I moved into the house or garage temporarily. Oh well, this weather should be good for the peonies.
How’s your winter going?
p.s. Many thanks to the couple of people who have been checking my blog daily for a post. This holiday season was just too busy for me. I hope to get back to more regular posting. Thanks for hanging in there.
Forgive me if I am wrong, but didn’t it rain for forty days and nights in the Spring when I wanted to plant my Spring garden? And isn’t it raining all this week when I had “planned” to start planting some of my Fall garden? Yes and yes.
Well, as it turns out the rain may have been fortuitous (yeah, that’s right I had the spell check on) because even though it has been cool this past week, today was downright muggy. Tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to go to 89, And rain. We are to receive 4 inches by noon tomorrow.
But, the rain has been great for something I planted evidently all wrong. Watercress. Heh, heh, first clue was WATER in watercress. It turns out, this is a plant grown along river banks, marshy areas, etc. Well, mine is in a regular old pot. It is probably doing ok right now only because it has rained all week. Sorry for the blurry pic, I was trying to get it quickly as it was sprinkling.
What I should have done is plant the seeds in a pot with holes in it, then place that pot in another pot of water. This would replicate its preferred habitat. Oops. But, so far so good. There is a plant called just Cress or Garden Cress which is probably what I should have planted. They are meant to be planted in the garden and don’t require the extra water. I didn’t realize it, but I have a packet of those seeds as well, so I will plant them in the garden. Maybe in the Spring.
My Arugula has also germinated as well as the Lolita and Petite Rouge lettuces.
Petite Rouge and Lolita
I am hoping to plant Parsley, Swiss Chard, and Tom Thumb lettuce this week, after the flood. As you can see, it’s not looking too good.
This is a really short post, but just wanted to give an update.
I am really excited! Fence guy is coming today to take down the old fence and possibly put in the posts. Sooo, I should have a new fence by Saturday. I hope. I hope.
I worked yesterday removing vines, birdhouses, hanging baskets, pots, etc. from anywhere near the fence to prevent possible disasters. But, I am sure there will be something trampled during this ordeal. At least it is near the end of summer AND I hadn’t planted my Fall seeds. Three cheers for procrastination and lots of RAIN!
This is really holding me up with my Fall garden, not to mention the weather. So, I am really anxious to get on with it. But, I did plant my lettuces and watercress in some containers which had held peppers this summer. Planting them in containers keeps the bunnies at bay, so I don’t turn into Mrs. McGregor. They are also easier to move around this winter to avoid frost.
Gotta go, fence guy is here!!!!!!!!!