Yesterday, I shared my first 2015 installment in my monthly series, How My Garden Grows. If you missed it, you can see my side beds and closeup photos of raised beds 1-9 in Part 1. Today, I’m sharing photos of raised beds 10-20.
BED 10 – Kale, escarole, & arugula
I planted these in the fall, and I’m still harvesting. The Scotch Curled kale isn’t as big as it normally gets, probably because it doesn’t get as much sun in the back of the bed. The escarole got somewhat frostbitten in the hard frost, but it’s salvageable and still growing. My arugula is bolting, so I’m going to let it flower – then taste the flowers for the first time.
BED 11 – Fallow
This bed held my string beans before last frost. Now it’s fallow, covered in leaves, awaiting spring planting.
BED 12 – Chard & Fallow
In the back of this bed, I planted chard last spring. Chard can be perennial if the winters aren’t too severe. I have a few plants that are looking a little rough, but they may come back in the spring. I will plant more chard, too. The rest of the bed lies fallow, under leaves.
BED 12x – Fallow
We installed this bed to the left of bed 13, so to keep continuity in my bed numbering (for purposes of my garden journal), we dubbed this bed 12x. It held my eggplant last year, and now it’s fallow.
BED 13 – Raspberries
These are my Caroline everbearing raspberries. The canes will be a year old in March. Well, a year in my garden anyway. Because they’re everbearing, I will be getting a second crop of berries from these canes in the late spring. You can see some weeds growing among my canes. Because my arms are short and the canes are prickly, I’m waiting for my Garden Wilson to help me weed this bed.
BED 14 – Asparagus
This will be my fourth year with my Mary Washington asparagus, planted in the back of the bed. I have a couple of Purple Passion asparagus in the front of the bed that actually grew last year, so it will be my second year with them. (I don’t know what happened to the rest of the roots.) I wanted to weed this bed, but I noticed a huge fire ant hill (on the left side). I need to kill those suckers first before I get my hands anywhere near that bed – and before the asparagus starts coming up next month.
BED 15 – Spinach & lettuce
Once again, I’m having trouble with my spinach germinating. I planted more Bloomsdale spinach, but have only a couple of small plants growing. My lettuce seedlings are Buttercrunch, Black Seeded Simpson, Reine des Glaces, and Red Sails. When the temperature is forecast to go below freezing, I put the plastic on my hoop tunnel.
BED 16 – Carrots
My Parisienne carrots didn’t germinate as well as my Scarlet Nantes carrots did. I have only a handful of them, but lots of Nantes! This bed also gets covered when the night time temps go below freezing.
BED 17 – Turnips, radishes, & brussels sprouts
For the first time, after three attempts, my brussels sprouts germinated. They were late due to the excessive fall heat, so they were small when first frost came around. I transplanted them into this bed so I could cover the hoop tunnel to protect them from hard frost while they grow sprouts. (These are cool weather plants that are difficult to grow here in the south.) From the front of the bed, I’m growing second crops of Purple Top turnips, Golden Globe turnips, Watermelon radishes (yes, more), and Purple Plum radishes. The brussels sprouts are in the back of the bed.
BED 18 – Beets
My beets germinated better this year than last year, but they’re still not growing as well as they should. However, I have harvested some and have some new seedlings growing among the more mature plants. In the front part of the bed are Early Wonder beets and in the back are Chioggia beets. Beets can’t handle frosts very well, so I definitely cover this bed when the temperatures go below freezing.
BED 19 – Fallow
This bed had my peanuts and some peppers in it last year, but now it’s fallow – except for a lone head of Reine des Glaces lettuce from a stray seed. It’s almost ready to harvest.
BED 20 – Fallow
This bed had my Purple Top turnips in it until a week or so ago when I harvested the last of them. It’s now fallow and needing some leaves to cover it.
Again, if you missed seeing the first half of my garden, please see How My Garden Grows in January 2015 Part 1.
How is your garden growing this month? Or is it?