Fall is a busy time for me in the garden. However, you will usually find me in other people’s gardens helping them achieve their goal of a beautiful, low-maintenance garden. I did manage to get my cool-season vegetable gardens planted. I planted my favorites, which include carrots, cauliflower, garlic, a variety of leaf lettuces and radishes.
In addition to my artichoke, my bell pepper plant is also a holdover from last year’s garden. Actually, it is 2 years old. Although pepper plants can die from freezing temperatures, I protect mine when the temps dip below freezing, so they are qutie large and produce a lot of peppers much to the delight of my husband and children who like to eat the bell peppers raw.
I also dice them and freeze them for using in my favorite Mexican rice recipe.
What has your winter been like?
Has it been unusually cold or warm? If you live in the Southwest, you have undoubtedly experienced a warmer then normal winter.
As a result, many plants that are usually dormant in winter, are green and blooming even though it is still technically February.
I started wearing sandals 2 weeks ago, but I still haven’t broken out my shorts yet.
Last week, I showed you my edible garden, (also known as a kitchen garden), which is located on the side of our house.
Today, I wanted to show you a peek at what is happening in the back garden during this warm winter.
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Earlier this week, I shared with you the four vegetables that I am growing for the first time this year. I will be sure to share with you how they do as the season progresses.
In addition to my experimenting with new vegetables, I am also growing some favorite cool-season vegetables…
About this time of the year, I am busy helping my vegetable gardens transition into summer.
That means pulling any remaining leaf lettuce. Yes, it hurts to know that I now have to buy lettuce until next fall when I can grow it again.
Even though not all of my lettuce had bolted, none of it was edible. Once the temperatures get up to 90 degrees, the lettuce turns bitter.
|I love my crocs!|
For those of you who are kind enough to take time to read my “ramblings”, you know that I absolutely love to grow vegetables.
So, when I heard of a brand new book called, “The Speedy Vegetable Garden”, I just knew that I had to read it.
|If these potatoes were in your kitchen, you’d probably throw them out. But, seed potatoes are supposed to have sprouts growing 😉|
Today was a beautiful winter’s day. The temperature was a little above normal for this time of year.
We spent time out in the garden today with our granddaughter, Lily.
I spent time harvesting leaf lettuce, radishes, carrots and cauliflower for our dinner salad.
|The only thing from the grocery store in our salad was the cucumbers, which aren’t in season until summer.|
Is there such a thing as too many vegetables in your garden?
vegetable garden to help keep bad bugs away and they make the
vegetable garden pretty.