Winter Garden

IMG_0634 Finally got the garden space reorganized.  It’s my little bit of bringing order to chaos. I now have six 7′ X 2′ beds to grow in instead of one 3′ X 6′ bed. Even though there’s more growing space the overall footprint is smaller.  If you look closely you can see the new sod I added around the edge of the area. Beginning with the bed closest to the lower right corner of the picture the beds contain: 1.  Carrots.  Two different kinds (I can’t remember the names and it’s too early in the morning to dig out my garden journal haha).  One kind is a medium length carrot and the other is little ball shaped carrot that is popular in France. 2.  This bed gets its reddish hue from the newly emerged beet sprouts. 3.  Cauliflower – Snowball? 4.  This bed is empty in the picture but I’m going to put out spinach seed sometime today. 5.  Mix of cauliflower and broccoli – Packman 6.  Broccoli – Packman The production I get from these beds will depend on the weather we have over the next few weeks of course but at worst the plants should at least over-winter and give me an early spring harvest.  Temps here are pretty moderate in winter.  Rain, it seems, is the big challenge.  We will see what we will see.

 

IMG_0642Iused some of the myriad paving stones in the yard to make a raised herb bed. We’ve got Basil, Chives, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme. I’ve always wanted an herb bed and always had some kind of reason why I couldn’t have it right now. Well, I have it now.  🙂

 

 

 

 

IMG_0640You can see the height of the herb garden in this picture. You can also see that there is more work to be done.  Isn’t there always more work to be done? I’ve got to figure out something to do with the stacks of pavers that are STILL there.  The last owner was a big believer in pavers!

 

 

 

 

IMG_0632Here’s our first harvest from the herb bed, Sage on the left, Basil on the right. So easy to do, so much less expensive than purchasing.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0645   Random shot of beet seedlings.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0646My bed of carrots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0649And then there’s this.  This volunteer tomato plant just sprang up in an odd place in the yard.  Of course it’s the tomato that is growing the best – much better than the two hybrid plants we bought because they were supposedly perfect for the Northwest.  This plant is maturing late so it’s a toss up as to whether we will see many of these tomatoes on a plate but if we can nurse it to ripening I’m going to save some seeds for next year. And that my friends is all the news worth printing this Sunday morning.  Hope you have a good week.

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