How My Garden Grows in January 2015 ~ Part 1

Last spring, I started taking pictures of my garden, bed by bed, and shared it with you monthly. Then, in December, I shared a slide show in two parts of my garden through the seasons. Watching the slide show was like watching my plants grow and my garden change in a matter of seconds. (If you missed it, see the slide shows in Part 1 and Part 2.) Well, I enjoyed doing that so much (and I hope you enjoyed seeing it), that I decided to do it again this year – but this time, start in January so I can have a slide show that includes winter.

For my new followers, I have 21 raised beds in my backyard, 18 of which are on the side of my house. (The other three are along my back fence.) This picture is looking down all 18 beds from one end.

My side beds in January 2015

My side beds in January 2015

Here is a picture of the far end close up.

My side beds in January 2015 ~ closeup of the far end

My side beds in January 2015 ~ closeup of the far end

BED 1 – Lettuce

I planted lettuce in the fall. A few heads have been harvested, some has been hurt (or killed) by the frost, and the rest is being harvested by the leaf. From left to right is Red Romaine, Black Seeded Simpson, and Red Sails lettuce.

Bed 1 in January 2015 ~ Lettuce

Bed 1 in January 2015 ~ Lettuce

BED 2 – Fallow

This bed held my squash and pumpkins (and a few melons) last year. Now it’s fallow, covered in chopped up leaves.

Bed 2 in January 2015 ~ Fallow

Bed 2 in January 2015 ~ Fallow

BED 3 – Peas & Spinach

Two and a half weeks ago, I planted peas and spinach in this bed. I pulled out one of my trellises for the peas to grow on and planted Dwarf Gray peas on the back side of the trellis and Tall Telephone peas on the front side. I then planted Giant Noble spinach on the ends and along the sides. (Yes, I know it’s not time to plant spinach, but I couldn’t have that space going to waste, could I?) The seedlings are too small to see in this picture, unfortunately.

Bed 3 in January 2015 ~ Peas & spinach

Bed 3 in January 2015 ~ Peas & spinach

BED 4 – Onions

In the front of the bed I sowed Red Creole seed; in the middle of the bed I sowed Barbosa white seed. At the end (the tall onions), I planted various little onions I harvested last spring. They were too little to eat so I thought I’d plant them – even though fall was not the time to plant onions sets or bulbs. So far so good though. Next month, I’ll plant onion sets in between the seedlings (where the seed didn’t germinate), so the bed will be full.

Bed 4 in January 2015 ~ Onions

Bed 4 in January 2015 ~ Onions

BED 5 – Garlic

This year is the first time I’ve planted 100% of my own garlic. I didn’t have to buy any seed garlic! This is Italian softneck garlic. I think it’s time to fertilize it because the leaves are looking a little pale.

Bed 5 in January 2015 ~ Garlic

Bed 5 in January 2015 ~ Garlic

BED 6 – Spinach & mustard greens

For some reason, I’m having the most difficult time getting spinach to germinate this year. I have only a handful of plants growing. This is Bloomsdale spinach. My mustard greens have been growing well, though. They’re currently recovering from the hard frost we had a couple of weeks ago.

Bed 6 in January 2015 ~ Spinach & mustard greens

Bed 6 in January 2015 ~ Spinach & mustard greens

BED 7 – Fallow

Until last week, this bed held my Golden Globe turnips and several varieties of radishes. Now it’s fallow. I need to get my hands on some leaves to cover this bed.

Bed 7 in January 2015 ~ Fallow

Bed 7 in January 2015 ~ Fallow

BED 8 – Radishes

My favorite radish is watermelon radish. When you cut it, it looks just like a watermelon slice. And the taste is marvelous. I planted an entire bed of it! The frost got to them, but I think they’re going to be okay.

Bed 8 in January 2015 ~ Radishes

Bed 8 in January 2015 ~ Radishes

BED 9 – Fallow

This bed held my peppers last year. It’s fallow, covered in leaves, awaiting spring.

Bed 9 in January 2015 ~ Fallow

Bed 9 in January 2015 ~ Fallow

To see the other half of how my garden grows in January, see Part 2.

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