Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dreaming of this year's garden while chewing on the last

There are still some young lettuce, choi and parsley surviving under the plastic outside, but today we ate the last of the mature veggies (kale) harvested last week from the 2015 garden.

I have been studying Eliot Coleman's books to find clues as to what and when I should begin planting for the spring garden. As I mentioned previously, I want to keep the entire garden in production this year with active succession planting. Based on what I have read so far, I should be planting short rows (or squares) of several vegetables each week or two once the temperatures rise. I know for certain that we will want a lot of parsley for tabouli and other purposes. We should also have a steady supply of carrots and beets along with the lettuce, kale and choi that we seem to have mastered.

My immediate goal apart from ordering and starting seeds is to run a drip irrigation system to save time on watering this year.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Final harvest today from the 2015 garden

We finished the last of the choi and lettuce last week, so I had to buy lettuce at the market for the first time in several months. I will harvest the last of the kale today and it is time to start thinking seriously about planning for the the coming season. With rain falling yesterday in the heart of winter and temperatures forecast in the 40's for this weekend, the growing season may be coming up very soon indeed.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Second Harvest

Ahead of a winter storm and plunging temperatures, I decided to harvest more kale and lettuce (the photo of the kale was blurry so didn't post). The late planted lettuce yielded more than expected. I have one more large cutting of kale left.

I also managed to double cover the frame that is fully planted with lettuce just as the snow was beginning to fall. I will take a peek during the next thaw, but I expect that this lettuce will provide our earliest spring harvest yet (if I can keep the voles out).

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Mid-Winter Shadow Extent

A photo to illustrate the extent of the shadow of the house during mid-winter.