December 27, 2023

Garden Notes: December 2023


  • 1st: 0.3"
  • 2nd: 0.4"
  • 3rd: 0.02"
  • 9th: 1.33"
  • 10th: 1.08"
  • 17th: 0.17"
  • 25th: 1.9"
  • 26th: 2.01"
  • 27th: 0.03"
  • Total: 7.24 inches
  • range of nighttime lows: 21 to 58°F (-6 to 14°C)
  • range of daytime highs: 45 to 67°F (7 to 19.5°C)
Garden Notes:
  • I have a few things growing in the garden: kale, daikons, turnips, and Swiss chard.
  • Continuing to finish up mulching the remaining beds.
  • Then I'll start on tidying up and re-mulching the aisles.
Greenhouse Notes
  • Everything is doing well so far, although slow to grow.
  • Our coldest night so far this month was 21°F (-6°C), but the greenhouse didn't get below 32°F (0°C). My cherry tomato plant is still alive and well. 
  • As are my transplanted green pepper plants.
  • Once the sun hits the greenhouse, it warms up quickly, so I have to keep an eye on the temp and turn on the vent fan if needed. 

cherry tomato vine with quite a few flowers

sweet pepper plant



Planted (in the greenhouse)

celery base (from Thanksgiving stuffing)

sprouting garden potatoes from the pantry

The potatoes are an experiment. Potatoes are typically planted around here in March, which doesn't make sense to me because a frost or freeze will kill the top growth. Depending on what the rest of the winter is like, these may do okay for a few early potatoes.

Parting Shot

December salad: daikon leaves, kale, Swiss chard, chickweed,
dandelion leaves, feta goat cheese, & greenhouse cherry tomatoes.


daisy g said...

Wow! Seven inches of rain!

My kale is growing so slowly, I don’t know if I’ll get a harvest until spring! Ah well, that’s the way it goes.

Happy New Year Leigh! I look forward to watching your 2024 garden come to life!

Leigh said...

Daisy, all the rain is making up for how dry October and November were! Our rain tanks are full and the ground is saturated.

Most things seem to grow slowly in cooler weather. Hopefully, we'll both have kale this spring!

Happy New Year to you too!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

You are running a little colder than we are at nights Leigh - I do not think we have dropped much below the high 30's yet, although January is always the worst.

After finding that Poppy The Brave was secretly tromping through my garden (problem fixed) and squirrels were using the soil to convenient burying acorns, I was surprised to see that some of the greens I had planted are still making a go of it. The garlic I planted is doing well (bless Garlic, the most hearty thing that even I can grow).

I will be interested to see how warm the greenhouse gets in Winter. Is there a way you can automate the fan at at set point?

Leigh said...

TB, when it's sunny, the greenhouse can get up to 80 degrees or more on a 50 degree day. Ed mentioned that his folks had a thermostat on theirs, so that would probably be the best solution. Right now I can do it manually, but that means I need to be home. I think a thermostat would be a good future addition.

Nina said...

How lovely that your greenhouse is working as planned! That is exciting for sure. I love seeing things grow this time of year :)

Leigh said...

Nina, so far so good! I've held off on growing more because there is still some work to do, but I'm really happy to have at least a few things growing. :)

Nancy In Boise said...

Lucky you! We just has 3" of snow yesterday!

Leigh said...

Snow! Gosh, we rarely get snow in December. We rarely get snow! Nancy, I hope you and Dave and staying warm and dry!

Lady Locust said...

Loving it! Your greenhouse is working - Yay!
How many folks have tomatoes blooming right now?
What fun.

Leigh said...

Lady Locust, it's pretty neat, but I'm curious to see how it will go during our coldest winter months. Hoping for long life for that tomato vine!

Fundy Blue said...

Your cherry tomatoes reminded me of my Great Aunt Nan. She had an aquarium that she kept in a southwestern window in her dining room. She grew cherry tomatoes in it year round. In another universe there is a Louise living with a greenhouse and eating scrumptious salads like yours. May your plants and animals flourish in 2024!

Leigh said...

Louise, growing cherry tomatoes in an aquarium is a great idea! It took me a long time to get this far on a greenhouse. I'll be glad when we get it finished and I can expand what I grow.

SmartAlex said...

Back in 2012 I planted potatoes in March and they were bit back a couple of times despite protection but that didn't seem to bother them. I had a great harvest in mid-July Typically, we plant potatoes here mid-May and harvest mid-Sept. I'll bet your potato experiment goes just fine.

Leigh said...

Alex, that's encouraging. My first year of planting potatoes I did it in March, but after the tops all froze I wasn't sure if I was getting ad advantage or not. I'm curious at to how my greenhouse potatoes will do.