|Katy and the bed of daffodils at the top of the garden|
Other than those glorious daffodils, however, there's not much to show. The cold was so severe this winter that everything in the garden either died or went dormant. Still, the garlic is beginning to recover (if you can see it for all the leaf mulch).
|Garlic bed of 100+ cloves planted last fall.|
The strawberries are waking up.
|My hopes of getting strawberries is that they produce before the wiregrass does.|
Some things I thought were goners are starting to make a come-back:
|Siberian Dwarf kale is putting out new leaves. I'm glad to see this.|
|Two collard plants made it,|
|as did this cabbage-collard plant.|
Besides the cold, other problems have included renegade chickens unmulching the beds, particularly the Speckled Sussex. These have since been wing clipped. Also deer cleaned out all my beets: red detroit, sugar, and mangels. Gone, every one. To protect the newly sprouting mesclun planted last fall, I decided to try this cattle panel laid across the bed in cattle guard fashion. Hopefully it will deter deer from venturing into the bed.
|Cattle panel will hopefully protect the mesclun planted|
with the multiplier onions. For a little while at least.
At least until the greens get tall, do you think?
|Sammie and my two little ramp plants. He was |
determined these were destined to become toys.
Ramps are a native Appalachian onion, similar to leeks. They are shade lovers and I eventually hope to have a lot. I started with two which I planted in a pot. I figured that was the best way to keep track of them to begin with. For anyone interested, there is more information at NC State University, "Cultivation of Ramps".
All I can say is, it's good to be back in the garden again.
Late Winter Garden Tour © February 2014