It’s winter planting season, and the weather has changed like a roller coaster this week in the Charleston, SC area. From a low of 17 during the Polar Vortex (which dipped this far south) to a high of 73 only three days later! Walking through my garden this weekend, I felt like Goldilocks. This week’s garden pictures!
It may be the middle of December, but I got quite a bit of work done in the garden this week. I augmented several more beds with cow manure compost and have about five more beds to do. (I ran out of manure!) I sowed red clover seed into the beds that won’t get planted until spring; the other beds are getting a blanket of leaves from my back yard as they’ll be planted next month with my winter crops. We received over an inch of much-needed rain this past weekend on the back end of warmer temperatures. The thermometer is dipping again this week, however. Winter will be here officially in a few days, but there are still things growing in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!
I know it’s autumn and many of you are even now preparing for the soon-coming winter storms; but if you’re like me, you’re already thinking about and planning your spring garden. It may still be just in your head (or in your dreams) or you may have actually started plotting it out on paper. Well, don’t solidify your plan just yet. I have some great information that will change your plan for the better. A few months ago, I posted an article about Edible Landscaping, which utilizes companion planting. Today, I’m going to show you how to kick your companion planting up a notch by purposeful planting of herbs – and flowers – that will not only make your vegetable garden look pretty but also help with pest control and pollination. I have taken my research and created a list of herbs and flowers with the vegetable they benefit and how they benefit it. Although this list is not exhaustive, it’s so long I decided to publish the list in two posts. Today’s list is for herbs and flowers A through M; don’t forget to look at the list for N through Z, as well. Learn about herbal allies!
We received a lot of rain this past week, but not as much as we could have. Thankfully, Tropical Storm Andrea didn’t bring us as much rainfall as predicted. Yet, the rain we did get seemed to spur the harvest. Last night, I entertained family and my entire meal was provided by two weeks of harvests from my garden (except the meat, of course). I was pretty proud of that! Take a look!
I think we need an ark for my sanctuary garden! Rain, rain, cloudy days, mist, more rain…. Today is the first day the sun has come out in a week. I’m not worried about ground water as my raised beds drain well. However, all the rain and humidity is the perfect environment for fungus and disease on many plants. I pulled a couple of lima beans that looked troublesome (didn’t want it to spread to the other plants), and I’m investigating some black spots on one of my pepper plants. (Mold??) Yet, my garden IS growing. Come take a look!