Carrots & Garlic. We're getting the best carrots this year ever.
Dan added sand to the bed which seems to have helped a lot.
|Turnips - I'm harvesting both greens and roots, although the greens|
are starting to die back. But they still make good goat and pig food.
|On warm days my bees are out and busy gathering dandelion|
pollen. The young tender leaves are good in salads too.
|Heading collards. The warm days mean other insect activity too!|
I have a few beets in this bed as well, but they didn't germinate well.
Radishes are too big for us to eat, but I chop them for the goats and
feed them whole to the pigs. Goats get chopped radish greens as well.
Parsnips. These were planted late but are coming along
well. I've just started thinning and mulching the bed.
|My spring planted Swiss chard is doing well. I've|
trimmed back all the wire grass and will mulch well.
|I enjoy having the hoop house, even though it still needs doors. I've got|
kale, broccoli, cabbage, arugula, spinach, lettuce, and radishes growing.
|The broccoli is starting to form heads.|
|As is the cabbage|
|In between the raised beds Dan made I'm making shallower beds and also|
putting in pots. Above I have lettuce, radishes, & more cabbage planted
|My first seed order of the year is for the hoop house:|
mizuna, claytonia, sorrel, mache, and more lettuce,
arugula, cabbage, beets, radishes, and spinach.
Some of the above seeds are new to me thanks to Eliot Coleman's Four-Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook. He gardens year around in Maine! I'm much farther south and have had some successful winter gardens in mild years, but not so much in an extremely cold or snowy winter. One thing I realized from reading his books is that I'm usually focusing on slow-bolting, heat- and drought-tolerant varieties. For a winter harvest, I need to focus on cold-tolerant varieties. It's a new way of thinking for this southern gardener.
That's it for my December garden tour. How about you?