It’s only November, so it hasn’t really been cold cold yet. But we’ve had freezing temps over night a few times, and the raised bed in the back yard – which is not covered with the plastic – only offers up a few particularly hardy vegetables – kale, some particularly determined arugula, carrots, and parsley. Lots of parsley. Need any?
Inside the winter gardens, however, it’s a different situation. In the raised bed above, as you can see, everything is lush and thriving. Well, except for the stuff the bugs and slugs (yes, ick) are eating. The environment inside the garden is lovely and humid, which is great for the plants, but also great for some of the pests. And the pests are trapped, kind of, inside the garden, so they have no choice but to dine well.
But that’s okay.
The herbs are happy – we’ve got two pots of mint in the back, then tarragon, oregano, and rosemary. And Bill’s knee.
This garden has radishes (we plant so many, but we don’t eat them as quickly as we should for some reason and they grow as big as beets) and a few seedlings coming up, including more lettuce and tatsoi (where Bill is pointing). We’ve also got a couple of cilantro seedlings above ground, and we’ll see how they do once the weather’s a bit colder.
I picked a lot of greens the other night, and a few carrots from the back garden, and made a wonderful salad. (I rinsed everything a couple of times and ran it all through the salad spinner, put the salad stuff in a bowl, and as I was picking out a few stray leaves from the spinner, I noticed a little shiny grey thing, around the diameter of a nickel. For a split second I thought (stupidly) “oh, wow, how’d a rock get in there?” until I realized a rock would have been a bit loud in the spinner and this was probably…ew…a slug. He went into the trash. Ew. At least…well, I don’t even want to think about that.
Our other winter garden is doing well, too. We’ve got swiss chard in the back there, and lots of carrots. The chard had been in the back garden, near the kale, but when we set up the winter gardens, Bill moved the chard. It’s adapted nicely.
And that’s the update.
November, and even December, tend to be relatively mild, so I’m thinking we could probably serve salad at Christmas if we wanted to.