20 January 2015

Attempts at winter gardening

OK, first of all, the disclaimer.  I will never be considered as even the county's best gardener, much less the world's.  Despite my apparent "black thumb" I still keep trying, in the hope I may eventually get enough experience and eventually know-how to overcome an utter lack of talent.

Now that is out of the way, here are my latest attempts:

  • Transplanted Bonnie Winterbor Kale starts from Lowe's, right next to the chicken coop.
  • Transplanted Bonnie Greek Oregano into the garden box by the parsley from spring 2013, that the swallowtail caterpillars tried to strip this past fall.
  • Scattered more rainbow carrot seeds from an unopened packet of Ferry-Morse rainbow mix ... as I emptied it, I noticed on the back it said "Sell by 12/13."  Oops.  I'll see if anything comes up.
Now for a few pics.
greek oregano and parsley from spring 2013

winterbor kale, with turnips and collard from 2014

my best mustard greens plants, Florida broadleaf

sugar peas, a few icicle radishes, and three carrots
(plus weeds and the newest compost bed/pea patch-to-be)
I do have some more mustard plants, but the three or four in the box pictured are downright impressive, and I am hoping to get seeds from them.  There are just about enough pea pods on the sugar peas for a nice skillet-full of stir fry.  The spinach transplants are still alive, but not doing anything impressive there.  I may resort to a bit of chemical fertilizer so we can have a few salads.

Oh, of course I have three or four yellow pear cherry tomato plants going great gangbusters ... this is all from that one plant I got the spring of 2013, and they just keep coming back.  It is almost up to weed status, which is hilarious as I cannot keep mint alive, but my least favorite variety of tomato constantly reseeds itself.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

I had the same dilemma with tomatoes. I wasn't a fan of the native Florida everglades tomatoes, but they came up everywhere and produced like crazy. But the others - larger, slicing ones? Forget it. Nearly impossible for me to grow successfully organically. So I did what any good gardener would do . . . I learned to love those damn native tomatoes. LOL