Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Garden in...December?!!

I shouldn't even be writing this post, as the garden is usually under either ice, snow, or both right about this time of year, but WTH is going on with the weather this winter?

Today, when Christmas is next week, I am outside taking pictures of things GROWING in my garden while I stroll around in a short-sleeved shirt. Last night, we slept with the windows open and the ceiling fan on! I could have stayed down in Florida for this! :-)

But, I know I shouldn't speak too soon, as this weekend is bringing us temperatures in the 20's, which is more like it. Anyway, I thought I'd take advantage of this odd phenomenon to post some pics about the garden:

The back beds are growing cover crops of hairy vetch. I grew it in a bed reserved for tomatoes last year, as hairy vetch and tomatoes are supposed to be the ultimate BFFs. The tomatoes that came out of that bed afterwards were amazing! When it is done growing, you hack it down and compost on top of it, then plant your tomatoes. Besides healthier plants, I noticed MUCH less soil erosion in the beds that had hairy vetch versus the ones that didn't.

The garlic is doing great. I have Inechelium Red, Italian Softneck, Red Toch, and Lorz Italian growing in two beds. The sad thing is I might not be here to harvest this garlic if we sell the house and move before late June/early July next year. 

More hairy vetch. Ugh, that wild Japanese honeysuckle on the fence in the background HAS to be pulled off and hacked down this winter. It is HUGELY invasive and aggressive, and I swear it even grows when it is snowing!

It's funny, I was going to dig up, pot, and bring that rosemary inside for the winter. My plants from last year didn't make it, but so far they are loving the mild temps.

Well, that's it for the garden in December. Hopefully, I won't be writing a garden post for January or February, unless it's for winter sowing!

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