I’m baaaack! It was quite a busy Thanksgiving holiday, what with traveling and visiting and eating, and this week continues to be heckin’ busy with tech week for the play husband and I are in. (Did I mention we’re in a play? Because we are: Miracle on 34th Street! It opens this week, so exciting times!) But let’s talk gardening and winter homesteading a bit.
Ah, the late fall, early winter garden: sparse, hardy, and mostly dormant. We spent a good deal of time cutting stalks, pulling dead vines, emptying rain barrels, and storing our trellises and tomato cages until the warm weather comes again. For the most part, the garden is empty, aerated soil (thanks, annuals!), or sleepy perennials, but we do have a tasty variety of winter greens and cabbages that are sustaining us through the cold months. Wanna see? Sure you do!
Overall, it’s been a productive first year in the house and property (!), and for your entertainment and my own recording purposes, I’m going to document and recap what we managed to do in that span of time:
- Establish 1500 feet of deep beds in the back lot
- Row 1: Tiny Tim cherry tomatoes, broccoli, lima beans, bell peppers, poblano peppers
- Row 2: cayenne peppers, banana peppers, serrano peppers, Thai chilis, ghost peppers, okra, daikon radishes, a yellow jacket nest (oops), cucumbers, arugula, lemon cucumbers
- Row 3: Cherokee purple tomatoes, winter squash (butternut), arugula, salad greens (various), borage
- Row 4: Oregano, catnip, lettuces, beets, beans, kale, tomatillos, pumpkin (thanks, random Crew seed project!)
- Row 5: Mustard greens
- Row 6: Brussels sprouts, green cabbages
- Row 7: Parsnips
- Row 8: Collard greens, kale
- Row 9: Nothing yet!
- Establish moon garden space and plant white flowers and calming herbs – moon flowers, phlox, dianthus, daisies, sage, lavender, bergamot
- Plant berry bushes and fruits – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and figs
- Plant first pollinator perennials – milkweed, sochan, passionflower
- Build shelves and store pickles, preserves, and jams
I look forward to going into year two, which has chickens, a solar dehydrator, solar panels, and a front pollinator garden in the plan. Woohoo! And as always, I’ll keep you posted on our adventures along the way. Until next time, friends, garden on, and homestead, ho!