Happy New Year! This post is part of the Garden Share Collective. Each month a group of dedicated bloggers and gardeners share the stories of the vegetable gardens. I’m adding mine to the group although I am definitely off-season to the gardeners in Australia and New Zealand! My mouth waters at their tomatoes. I try to avoid them until our season opens in July. My garden doesn’t usually produce the first tomato until August or September. But, I can look and enjoy and enjoy the pictures. Click on the link to take a look at gardens around the world.
I haven’t done much gardening in the past few weeks; some harvesting but we’ve had rain, cold weather (for Northern California), and frost. All growth in the vegetable garden has slowed. I’ll be seeding lettuce and arugula later this month.
And, the seed catalogs are coming! I received the first ones in the mail last week. Time to dream of spring and summer.
I had some carrots seeded in containers on my deck which were going well until I noticed that something (squirrels?) had eaten the greens entirely off! Frustration!!! It’s too late to try seeding again for a month. Do squirrels like carrot greens? Hopefully it’s not mice.
What is on the garden schedule for January?
HARVESTING: salad greens, chard, beets, kale, fava leaves, herbs, and sprouting broccoli.
PLANTING: more salad greens
TO DO: Continue clean up, watch for snails and slugs, add compost to beds. I’m considering the purchase of an indoor grow light to start seeds. I’ll have to figure out a way to keep the cat from eating the greens.
My nasturtiums were frost bitten too! In fact, they melted into a puddle of leaves. They were doing so well for awhile but last week’s weather took quite a toll on them!
Only the outer leaves were killed on mine, they are like weeds cropping up everywhere but the bees like them. Do you use the leaves in salads? The flowers are pretty as well.
I love seed shopping. I too am currently reading the catalogs for winter veggies. Great to have you on board the Garden Share Collective. Look forward to seeing you back next month and to check in on that cauliflower – Which I can not grow.
We’ll see if I actually get any cauliflower, it’s the first time in years that I’ve tried.
And I can’t grow eggplant or peppers, tomatoes are always a toss up. Some years they are successful and some years I only get green ones. Blame our summer fog. I’m having summer vegetable envy looking at the gardens in Australia right now.
That is the cutest little cauli I have ever seen. Frost is such an annoying thing- Lots of my veggies were damaged badly last winter by long frosts. At least the Kale would be happy.
Yes the kale and chard look happy. I’m hoping the little cauliflower will grow up to be a big one, but fear he/she will stay a runt. Sun is such a problem in my veggie garden. I’ll let you know next month.
Happy New Year!