January 30, 2024

Garden Notes: January 2024


  • 6th: 1.29"
  • 9th: 4.35"
  • 12th: 0.89"
  • 16th: 0.14"
  • 23rd: 0.04"
  • 24th: 0.26"
  • 25th: 1.68"
  • 26th: 0.11"
  • 27th: 1.93"
  • 31st: 0.07"
  • Total: 10.76 inches
  • range of nighttime lows: 10 to 60°F (-12 to 15°C)
  • range of daytime highs: 40 to 71°F (4 to 21°C)
Weather Notes
  • Warm temps coincide with rainy days, cold temps with clear weather.
  • What the temps don't reflect is the wind, which has been blustery and bitter. Even on mild days it's often not appealing to work outside. 
Garden Notes
  • It's too cold for things to grow, so after finishing up mulching the beds, I've been working on the weediest aisles, scraping the weeds and old mulch. Then I put down a new layer of cardboard and fresh wood chips. Not sure if I'll finish the entire garden, but I like working there on nice days.
  • Other than that . . .
Jan. 7th: we ate the last of our 2023 fall tomatoes. I saved the seed.

Greenhouse Notes
  • 12 outside, 25 in the greenhouse
  • 31 and sunny outside, 74 in the greenhouse
  • One thing that's really thriving in the greenhouse is the volunteer chickweed.
Chickweed in the front pot. broccoli behind.

Temporary growing table with kale and lettuce.
  • lettuce
  • turnips
  • Jerusalem artichokes
Greenhouse lettuce. Not enough for  salads, but enough for our Sunday burgers.

Nicely sized sunchokes from a patch I didn't dig last winter.

Pantry salad: canned green beans, cherry tomatoes preserved in olive oil and
vinegar, and black olives. The oil and vinegar from the tomatoes is the dressing.


  • thyme
  • lambs ear
  • echinacea

The goal with the transplanting to to disassemble one of my front yard herb beds. While I really like having it, there's a battle every year to keep the wire grass at bay. That and the dozens of acorn seedlings that come with the wood chip mulch. Neither is conducive for the easy growing of perennials. We will likely try some annuals in the bed next summer.

That wraps up our January. How about you?


daisy g said...

Wow! That's a lot of rain! Our temperatures have been similar to yours, with highs and lows all over the place. In one week, we had a low of 9 and a high of 72 degrees. How's a farmer to dress? ;0D

Oooooh, tell us about sunchokes. I'm starting to think I need to plant these. What do they taste like?

I imagine you give the chickweed to your chooks? Ours love it.

With January nearly over, it won't be long until you're enjoying beautifully mild days in the garden.

Leigh said...

Daisy, I reckon I've lived in the southeast long enough to just take the weather in stride. :) I just have to remember where I laid those clothing layers when I shed them!

Jerusalem artichokes (AKA sunchokes) are a truly easy care starchy perennial. They are harvested after the tops have died back in autumn and before new growth appears in spring. I leave a stub on the stalk when I cut them back each winter, so I know where to dig. We eat them cooked or fermented. Raw doesn't work well for everyone, because they tend to make some people gassy. I chop and feed them to both goats and chickens.

The chickweed goes to the chickens, goats, and our own salads! It's a very mild flavored green rich in minerals.

Looking forward to spring planting!

Shug said...

We have had a lot of rain as well, but not quite as much as you guys. that is quite a bit. These fresh garden foods look so good and healthy. No comparison of your fresh grown tomatoes and the tasteless store bought ones.

Ed said...

With 26 inches of snow, I haven't been tempted to spend much time outside. But most likely by the end of this week, that snow will be gone and I will probably spend some nice days picking up millions of broken branches and cutting up a couple of the bigger limbs that fell with a chainsaw.

We grow almost all our herbs in a large planter on our deck. Because it is literally steps outside the door, we don't bother with mulch and don't have too much problem with tree seedlings. Plus it is very handy when cooking and needing some fresh herbs.

Leigh said...

Shug, I just wish the rain would space itself out more evenly throughout the year! :)

Ed, that's a lot of snow! I'm guessing you'll have some rather extensive cleanup. Fresh herbs right outside the door sounds wonderful. I'm guessing your deck gets good sun.

Quinn said...

Your pictures made my mouth water!

Leigh said...

Quinn, I'm just pleased I have some fresh food photos for January!

Fundy Blue said...

You put me to shame, Leigh. I'm a hard worker, but in different things. Your produce looks delicious! Take care!

Leigh said...

Louise, you are a wonderfully busy person! That we are all busy with different things is what makes blog reading so interesting. I certainly enjoy your travel adventures from the comfort of my own computer!