Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Winter Gardening

Winter Gardening! I have never had a winter garden until this year! I did alot of research and asked a ton of questions! I decided I should start out small. I decided just to use a small area of my large summer garden. My lil one and I planted Swiss Chard, Red onions, Walla Walla,Torpedo Onions, Celery, Spinach, Peas,Carrots, Parsley, Garlic,Turnips,Bok Choy & multiple Lettuces. We still have Brocolli and Kale and Brussel sprouts to plant. Which I am hoping to get done today! We have had such wonderful weather here in Cali that we are still picking Peppers! Heres a few Pictures of our makeshift winter garden.

Are small makeshift Winter Garden!

Swiss Chard! I love the red! Adds such brightness to dark cold winter days.

A clump of Peas! Hopefully the other seeds will sprout soon!

Bok Choy! I love this in stir frys and my homemade eggrolls!

Celery! Great with peanut butter and in soups. I will be drying the leaves after I pick them! They will taste great in my homemade stock.

Baby Spinach! We eat alot of this in so many things! I have it planted everywhere throughout the garden.

Red Onion! The rest of my backyard is a mess! We are Re-Landscaping ourselves and its a HUGE project, but we will get there.

Here is our Salad Bar! Red Leaf Lettuce, Romaine and Spinach! I do lots of growing in Wheel Burrows and old dresser drawers! The dresser drawers are growing Garlic Chives and Parsley.

Happy Gardening!

Wheel Burrow Salad Bar

I find so many broken Wheel Burrows on the side of the road. They usually are only missing a wheel! Their trash becomes my treasure! Instant gardening containers! I place them throughout my large garden or on my back patio. I usually have one for summer herbs, flowers and for winter im doing a salad bar!

Here I have planted some Red Leaf Lettuce, Romaine and Baby Spinach! I have also placed Red Onion throughout the wheel burrow!

In a few weeks I should be able to harvest my first salad. The wheel burrow salad bar will be alot fuller with the bounty of lettuce.

Happy garden Recycling!

Compost & Growth

My morning rituals consist of feeding the chickens, bunnies, checking the garden and turning the compost pile! Today as cleaned the coop and the bunnie cage, to add all the wonderful poo to my compost. I noticed my compost pile was growing! Im not sure what plant this is! Its a dark green and the stem is thick! I think I might let it grow and see what becomes of it. Do you ever have stuff growing in your compost? If you do, tell me all about it and what has grown.

Does anyone know what this might be?

Heres where I added all the poo!

All mixed up! You may notice I have plastic looking cups and forks in my compost! Thats right I do! They are made from corn! They take about 6 months to one year to break down! Pretty cool dont ya think!

Happy Composting!