Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/24/14

I think spring is just around the corner! This past week, we’ve had temperatures in the 70’s and low 80’s (about 10 degrees above average, but I’ll take it). Although we’re supposed to have two or three nights the end of this week dipping below freezing for a couple hours, I think we’ve seen the worst of the winter now. My tulips are blooming, and yesterday I noticed the clover is starting to bloom along with the henbit and chickweed. The bees are sure to come soon. My winter garden is actually growing (what survived the cold as well as two ice storms), and I’m actually seeing new seedlings coming up. This week’s garden pictures!

Mid-November Harvests

I harvested so much this past weekend that I couldn’t include all the pictures in my weekly Sanctuary Gardener Update on Monday! Some of the harvest is expected this time of year – root vegetables and greens -but I’m amazed that I’m still harvesting figs and peppers. This displaced New England girl is beyond excited about harvests like this in November! Mid-November harvests!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/24/13

What a week here in the Charleston area! I think the weather can’t figure out if it’s winter or spring. After 3.9 inches of rain last week, we received another 2.3 inches this week (almost all of it in the past two days). That was interspersed with below freezing temperatures and a couple hard frosts. Surprisingly, most of my garden has survived – including the strawberry buds (see above picture). Unfortunately, there were some casualties. Come take a look!

Sanctuary Spotlight: How to Grow Radishes

One of the easiest vegetables to grow is the radish. With its quick germination and short cultivation time, the radish is also a great crop to get your children interested in gardening. It’s a colorful and versatile crop that can be grown during several seasons of the year. Because I just harvested my first radishes from my winter planting, I chose to spotlight the radish today. How to grow radishes!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 1/20/13

Well, the spring-like weather has ceased here in the Charleston, SC area. No more upper 70s/lower 80s. I’m back to watching the weather report for night time temperatures near freezing. Tonight is the second night I’ve had to cover my asparagus with a sheet to protect the growing spears from frost. They came up early, so I have to watch out for them. Everything else in the garden should be fine in this weather. Speaking of everything else, let’s take a look at what’s going on. But wait, there’s more!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 1/11/13

It’s sunny and 75 degrees in the Charleston, South Carolina, area today, and I thought it was a perfect day to post my first garden update. Over the growing seasons (yes, plural), I will regularly share with you what’s going on here in my garden ~ what’s been planted, how it’s growing, what problems I may be experiencing (as well as how I’m trying to solve them), and what’s being harvested. With the climate we have here in the South, we have three agricultural cycles and there’s almost always something growing in my garden. But wait, there’s more!