Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is upon us and you know what that means... The days will start getting longer little by little.

Garden News

Not much to report. I received my seed potatoes on Friday. They will be planted in about 4 weeks into the new potato bins.

The transplanted lettuce in the new bed is putting on new growth. Also, all the spinach and lettuce seeds I planted two weeks ago are sprouting. I think this bed will do me well.

Saturday I harvested three brocolli heads. We had them with our dinner Sunday night. I have to say they are so much better than the store bought.

That's it for now.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jack Frost is in Da House!

Woke up this morning and it was 26 deg. (F). I know this is not unusual for much of the US but you have to understand we don't get many days like this in the Bay Area. We even have a little snow on our local foothills. It's very pretty to look at on my way into work.

I'm so glad we built the mini hoop houses over the weekend. I even put another layer of row covers on all the beds yesterday just in case. I'm sure most of what I've got growing, which isn't much will be just fine. I got home from work after dark tonight so I couldn't really see how the garden faired. We will have another cold night tonight, dropping back down to the upper 20's. The temperature in the garden as I write this at 7:15 P.M. is 38.

I took this photo this morning. If you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see the frost sparkling on the row cover of bed 2.

Stay Warm!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ready for Winter

Our first frost date is Dec 5. This morning there was light frost in the garden.
Tonight’s forecast calls for temps in the mid to low 30's and rain.

Today we built hoop houses over bed 2 and 3 to protect the onions, garlic, carrots and broccoli not only from frost but from the squirrels.

Photo below: Bed 2

Photo below: Beds 2 and 3

Photo below: The winter garden.

Photos below: On Nov 29th while I was making pumpkin pies sweet husband built potato bin number 2.

I will be planting potatoes in about 6 weeks. I can't wait!