Saturday, November 7, 2009

It's Raining, It's Pouring...

It seems the rains have finally settled in for the winter... our garden has pretty much wrapped up for this season, save for the winter bed. This works out well, as our soil here is still lacking in the nice loamy materials. We've added lots of composts and such but it still isn't perfect. (Read, with all the clay drainage isn't optimal.) This presents a challenge with the winter bed, however. Too little drainage combined with too much rain equals rot and wilting of plants. To combat this, we've put up a cover. It's nothing fancy, just a piece of plastic stretched over some slats that are framed over the bed to form a peak. It works well, and so far our greens are doing quite well.

About that winter bed- we've planted leeks, onions, chives, kale, lettuce, rainbow chard, spinach, carrots, broccoli sprouts, brussel sprouts, beets, fava, and scallions. The greens will all grow slowly and get eaten as the winter comes on and progresses. The others will be ready to start harvesting once things start going in the spring. Yay for 4 season gardening and for early spring produce!


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