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.
Here is a picture of the far end close up.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 9 – Fallow
This bed held my peppers last year. It’s fallow, covered in leaves, awaiting spring.
To see the other half of how my garden grows in January, see Part 2.