“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
It’s been a month of winter gardening and things have gone surprisingly well. All of my cool season crops are in the ground either with a cold frame or on their own. We had some snow yesterday, so I put some hoop houses with a frost protection fabric.Not because of the temperatures, but because the plants are still so tiny I feel like the weight of the snow might crush them. The temperatures haven’t been all that bad, occasionally dipping below freezing. This morning it was 25 degrees.
This is my first time planting so early so I’m pretty excited. Let’s go on a tour and see how crops hold up to growing in March weather.
On the patio I have a protected area with my warm season seedlings. They stay in the cold frame and only come out when the weather is nice or I just open up the flaps and let the sun shine in. When it is cool or at night they get tucked inside with the lights on to maintain a warm temperature. Inside are assorted melons, assorted squash, thyme, assorted eggplant, assorted tomatoes. The weeds are growing nicely as well.
I have no clue what each variety is. If you follow on Facebook you may recall a week or two ago I posted about dropping my seed cells packs all over the kitchen floor after I meticulously planted and labeled every seed. (Many are the plans in a gardener’s heart) I ended up just scooping the soil back in the packs with my hands with no idea what was being put where. They seems to have done okay sprouting. There were 8 plants growing in one pack and none in another. I don’t think everything I planted sprouted. I separated every plant into it’s own pot. So I appear to have a ton of tomatoes, but I don’t remember planting that many. I love surprises.
I worked on my deer fortress this weekend. Some of you might remember my crops being eaten by evil Bambi last summer. If he gets in here, well I may just give up. Let him have it all!!!!!! Just kidding. I will never surrender.
Here what is planted in the raised beds:
In the containers are radishes and lettuce. Oh look! I harvested a radish. A little on the small side. I have to get the hang of when it’s time to harvest. We will be splitting that little baby 6 ways tonight.
In the beds are snow peas, strawberries, swiss chard, assorted lettuce, spinach, brussels sprouts, broccoli, bok choi.
My raspberry sticks look fantastic. Hoping they’re not dead.
Have you tried winter gardening?