It’s hard to believe it’s already December, the last month of the year! My 2013 garden log is almost complete, the seed catalogs are soon to arrive, and it’s time to start planning my seed germinating and my winter and spring gardens. There’s not much rest for southern gardeners as we can grow something almost year round. December and January are the slow months, then things kick back up again! Although this is my slowest season in the garden, I do have some pictures to share with you.
This past week, we had several nights in a row of below freezing temperatures. One morning, while the frost was still on the grass, I took this picture of my oregano sprayed with frost.
Despite the frosts, I did harvest some radishes and carrots that I sliced for a veggie tray at my Hanukkah party.
I picked an odd key lime this week. It looks like a perfect stripe didn’t ripen like the rest of the lime. Funny, isn’t it?
My fall crops are growing, but not as well as they could be. I think the odd weather we had – going from too hot to below freezing in such a short time – made it difficult for the seeds to germinate in time to grow large enough before the cold weather set in. Also, I used all my available compost to fill five new beds this summer and wasn’t able to make/use compost tea on my beds as I usually do. I did use organic fertilizer, but weekly compost tea obviously makes a big difference.
My red sails lettuce and escarole are doing a little better.
My garlic is growing quite well (and needing its first feeding).
Most of my radishes are ready to pull. (The watermelon radishes in the back are not bulbing as they should. I don’t think the back of that bed is getting enough sunlight this time of year.)
Yesterday, I noticed that one of my arugula has bolted. (Guess I ought to be harvesting it more often, eh?)
My red clover, which I planted as a cover crop in the two beds that had grown my tomatoes, is doing well. However, one bed has more clover (even after reseeding) and is taller. I think the bed with the thicker clover gets more sun every day.
Look at this bed….
Compared to this bed…
Big difference! Well, some clover is better than none.
Because this was Thanksgiving week, I didn’t get a chance to do as much in the garden as needed to be done. But this coming Friday is a major garden workday.
Did you get any gardening or homesteading chores done this holiday weekend?