Winter Gardening

Sunday was the nicest day around here for awhile now, 40F temps and a sunny sky!  After the market we headed over to the garden for the first time in weeks a month to dig up the rest of our carrots and see how the coldframe made out.  Since there’d been gray skies and frigid temps for most of those weeks I was pretty sure our spinach would be long dead.

Suprisingly, no! But I didn’t take any pictures because they basically look like they did the last time – still pretty small. But alive!  It’s like they’re permanently stunted in growth.

About a month ago (before the snow came) we ran into a boy, Sebastian, and his mom prepping their plot for winter.

Sebastian, helping K pull carrots about a month ago

Unlike us, they were putting together a more ad hoc coldframe – that looked much easier to make.  They surrounded the area with bales of hay to protect it from the cold and wind and lay panes of glass on top. That’s it! Brilliant!

Sunday, I decided to check out how their veggies were doing in their coldframe.

Um…100% better than ours!! Their plants are huge! This is late December folks!  But on further thought, I’m wondering if they grew those from seed or they were already growing well before they erected the coldframe. Either way – we now know what to do next year!

We picked the rest of our carrots and our garden is officially done for the season.  We picked another 2lbs of carrots that Sunday and I estimate that we must have gotten 10-15lbs of carrots out of our garden this year.  Yay!

Checking out Sebastian’s plot, we also have more ideas for what will grow in our plot over the winter for next year.  There are lots of veggies that grow well in the cold – even with snow on the ground!

These leeks are doing well, even in the snow, and ready for harvesting.

Kale is a a great winter green, interchangeable with collard greens! It can be picked here all winter – December through February!

Hopefully next winter we will be more on the ball and be better prepared to grow things throughout the season.

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