Winter Gardening: March Garden

“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.

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Outside
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Inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Spinach
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Snow peas starting to climb

 

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Swiss Chard

 

 

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Bok Choy
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Brussels Sprouts
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Radishes

 

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Broccoli

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My raspberry sticks look fantastic. Hoping they’re not dead.

 

Have you tried winter gardening?

 

 

 

 

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