Friday, December 30, 2011

Linking Blogs--Winter Gardening

One of my current projects (because I need more!) is a community garden I'm helping to start at my local church. We have a blog that I'd like to invite you to read, and here's the latest update.

Winter Gardening--It's Possible!

We just returned from checking on the garden, with good news to report. The cauliflower and broccoli are doing so well. We harvested our first batch of broccoli on Thanksgiving day, and it was so tender and delicious. We have yet to taste the cauliflower, but it looks good so far. The spinach was struggling in its current spot (hidden from sunshine behind the enormous broccoli and cauliflower plants), so we transplanted it closer to the Western side of the bed.

If you've seen the garden lately, we "winterized" it by adding thin pvc piping with a "planket" to cover for a freeze. So far we've only had to use it once, with excellent results. The pvc piping keeps the planket off the plants, because I'm told that if the cover freezes and sticks to the plants, the plants freeze, too. Who knew?

New seedlings for carrots and lettuce have come up, and we planted a few extra radishes today since they come in so quickly--22 days! We hope to have a batch available for the first garden party meeting, which is tentatively set for 2:00 on January 22 at AUMC. More details to come soon.

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Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

My family had so many gardens when i was growing up that I promised myself I'd never ever grow one of my own. SO far so good. :)

Luck with yours, though

6:10 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Thanks, Charles. My mom had gardens when I was little, but it's been a long enough time that I'm excited again. I remember eating green beans fresh off the vine--a happy memory, and one I hope to relive.

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