Vegetable garden in winter...how's yours?

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  1. Omie

    Omie Active Member

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  2. Hog Wild

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    Collard greens-lots and lots of collard greens. We had a couple of good frosts, the greens are nice and tender just begging for some ham hocks!
     

  3. Walt B

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    We recently got some rain :eek: and, with the cooler weather, the tomato plants started setting fruit. We picked them all the other day because the forecast said it would drop to freezing...it didn't, but last night it got down to 26. We'll see how they ripen in the house.

    The garlic bed is doing what garlic does, and the asparagus garden is dormant. Half of the large garden has been tilled and carrots planted in one corner. The other half is waitng for all the spent plants to be removed and tilled. The seasonal garden has lettuces, brocchili, and spinach.

    Speaking of tilling, if you want to drive your spouse crazy, in your best Willie voice, sing:

    "If you've got the garden honey, I've got the tines;
    We'll go out and break some clods, have a real good time;
    We'll use my new tiller, leave your old mule behind;
    If you've got the garden honey, I've got the tines."

    Walt
     
  4. Noronajo

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    We picked green tomatoes before our first frost in October, made piccalilli and kept the larger ones to see of they would ripen. We ate the last tomato the second day of December. We still have turnips and kale- they look green and beautiful from my kitchen window even though the temperature was in the low twenties this morning.
     
  5. RE Jones

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    Living in Florida, turnips, collards and mustard throughout the winter. All of mine are doing fine. I will plant a bunch of carrots as they seem to do better in the winter for me.
    Blueberries and blackberries are still green and growing, some of the blueberries have already bloomed. They should not have, but we'll see what happens.
     
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    Just some greens this winter. Collards Sunday night, leftovers last night. Along with my pepper sauce I make.
     
  7. Hobie

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    Most of my garden is toast. There are a few scraggly broccoli plants and some Swiss Chard. Still a few carrots that I need to pull, but everything else is bedded down under a layer of manure and straw.

    Omie - I've had luck tossing a piece of clear plastic over the remains of chard. It looks awful in the spring, but starts back up quickly. It goes to seed quickly, but not before you are the only one in town eating fresh chard in April!
     
  8. brooksbeefarm

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    Turnips is the only thing left here, but man can't live on turnips alone. Had a uncle tell me one time that he never liked turnips when he was a kid, but Hoover made him like them. :mrgreen: Jack
     
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    Pulled up my tomato stakes and bean trellis today. Hope to turn the garden over if it ever dries enough.
     
  10. crackerbee

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    We usually don't plant a Fall garden,but this year we planted beets,carrots,spinach and sweet peas,all are doing great.We've been enjoying the fresh spinach and hopefully the rest by Jan.
     
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    For us who live where we have hard winters. (-o. F) It sounds odd to hear folks are planting now and going to harvest in Jan. :confused: Jack
     
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    As of this morning, my garden is covered with that dreaded white stuff. (I'm too polite to mentin the S word :mrgreen: )
     
  13. crackerbee

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    Near the end of Jan. is when I plant my first crop of sweet corn,and the rest of the Spring garden goes in mid Mar. :mrgreen:
     
  14. brooksbeefarm

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    You can usually call the 10th of May the last frost date here, but it has frost on the 15th a few times. :roll: Already starting to get seed catalogs in the mail. :mrgreen: Jack
     
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    We garden year round under plastic hoops. This year's garden is on the light side because we are still working on getting our energy and strength built back up. Right now we are eating fresh kale and a little spinach, I just picked the last of the strawberry and blackberry leaves to dry for teas, and a few weeks back I transplanted all of my asparagus to a new bed where hopefully it will produce better.
     
  16. Hobie

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    Mama Beek... how do you do it? I saw something similar in Mother Earth News, and I thought it was a great idea so I tried it a few winters ago. What resulted was an absolutely fantastic terrarium environment for the mice/moles, with a smorgasbord growing inside. They lived in luxury and feasted on my carrots and chard, and I ended up with nothing.

    I emailed Mother Earth News to ask this same question, but they never responded.

    Needless to say, I gave up on tunnels. Now the mice just live in my house.
     
  17. Mama Beek

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    We used cinder blocks to build raised beds for some of the things that mice and moles like to bother and the bottom is hardware cloth so they can't eat my carrots anymore. Other than that we have two tunnels that the kids built out of scrap wood and two that are concrete fence bent over the top of the raised bed.

    I plant while it's still warm enough for the seeds to germinate or transplant things I started in the house. Keep the beds mulched with leaves to help generate some heat and in colder climates you can even go so far as to layer a few inches of manure under a few inches of soil to generate even more heat. On warm days we have to be sure to prop them open or my plants will roast.

    The hardest part for me is remembering to water them...it's so easy to forget. We sure do enjoy fresh greens all year and even salads in the coldest months. Back in the midwest I used to hang a lightbulb in my "salad bed" on the coldest nights...but then I was a serious salad junkie in my younger years :D
     
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    Mama Beek- My hat is off to you!
     
  19. brooksbeefarm

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    Took the tractor and pulled up some sassafras trees to make tea from the roots on those cold winter mournings, (after feeding livestock) and give to my elderly neighbors who love it.Yah, i know there was a news article that came out telling sassafras is bad for you, but old habits are hard to break :confused: Come to think about it, most of my relitives and my wifes, lived up into there 80's and they all drank sassafrase tea. Gandpa live longer than grandma (age wise, 86) but everyone knew his wasn't all sassafras tea. :lol: Jack
     
  20. Hobie

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    My veggie garden is under a blanket of snow this morning. If the forecast is correct, it will be a 10" blanket by nightfall. First serious snow of the season, so I guess I can't complain. A few years ago, I started shoveling on Nov. 5, and never stopped until late March.