It has been a very chilly February here in South Carolina. Of course, it’s nothing compared to New England, but we’re getting a true winter here this year. That said, my garden isn’t exactly a thriving expanse of green – unless you count the weeds. Pulling weeds, picking up gum tree seed balls (over and over and over again!), and doing other time-consuming gardening chores for long periods of time in 45 degree weather isn’t my idea of weekend fun. So, for the most part, I’m letting my plants do whatever they do the best they can. I cover my hoop tunnels when it’s supposed to go below freezing for more than an hour or two at night, I pull weeds when it’s warm enough to do so, and I make sure the beds get sufficient water. Other than that….hey, it’s winter – even in the South. Today, I’m sharing the first part of my monthly garden photos.
In my garden, I have 21 raised beds, 18 of which are on the side of my house. (The other 3 are along the back fence.) This first picture is looking down the side beds. (Click here to see how they looked last month.)
Here’s a closeup of the far end of the bed. Not too much change since last month, but the turnips are bigger (closest bed in the picture).
BED 1 – Lettuce
The frost got to my Red Romaine and Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, but a couple of the latter grew back, and the Red Romaine is looking a little healthier than last month. The Red Sails lettuce (on the right) is looking much better; I think it has held up better in the frost than any other lettuce, other than Reine des Glaces.
BED 2 – Fallow
The squirrels have tried digging in this bed, but I keep pushing the leaves over the holes again. Another few weeks, and there will be seed in this bed.
BED 3 – Peas and spinach
I just can’t seem to get the spinach to grow this year for some reason. And my peas aren’t doing very well either. They’re bigger than last month, yes, but I’ll have to pull them all up in six weeks for spring planting. <sigh> I think I’m going to try growing Tom Thumb peas in lots of pots from now on.
BED 4 – Onions
With all the windy days we’ve had this month, the trellis in bed 3 fell on my onions three times! Fortunately, I think they’ll be okay. I just bought onion sets to fill in the gaps in the bed, and I’ll plant them this coming weekend. The onions don’t look as perky as they did last month, but I’m sure they’ll be fine. There’s also a critter hole on the right side of the bed. Not sure what did that.
BED 5 – Garlic
My garlic looks a bit rough compared to last month, but there has been a lot of freezing nights and they are in need of fertilizer. C’mon, spring!
BED 6 – Spinach and mustard greens
Again, I can’t seem to get spinach to grow this year. But my mustard greens are doing well. Some insects were starting to eat the leaves (and so, I wasn’t), but I think the cold has taken care of most of them. The leaves are starting to grow back nicely. I think it’s time to harvest some greens this weekend. (Click here to see how the bed looked last month.)
BED 7 – Fallow
When I pulled the rest of my turnips and radishes from this bed, I had no more leaves or grass clippings to cover it with. I’ll have to add extra compost to this bed next month to ready it for spring planting.
BED 8 – Radishes
I still have some more watermelon radishes in the ground, though you can see that I’ve pulled quite a few since last month.
BED 9 – Fallow
This bed is still fallow, awaiting seed in six more weeks!
To view pictures of the other half of my garden, see How My Garden Grows in February 2015 Part 2.
Meanwhile, stay warm!