Winter gardening is hard on my pride. The garden largely looks empty, and the plants grow slowly. But grow they do, and upon closer inspection, there is a lot going on in the garden this time of year.
If anything can swell the pride of a winter gardener it is mustard. These plants can survive hard weather and neglect. Thank you mustard. I must eat more of you.
Here is a row of mustard greens I planted this summer. Behind them is our gnome. My intention was to allow these to quickly go to seed, then harvest the seed to use in pickled veggies. But as I just stated,
mustard greens stand up well to neglect, and they are thriving despite the minimal care they have received.
It looks so pretty! If only it had reemay…
Arugula! Another good plant for boosting the confidence of a winter gardener.
I have moved many of my potted herbs into the greenhouse in hopes of keeping off the worst of the chill and giving them a head start toward an early sprout time. Each winter they die back, and each spring they regrow. My hopes seem well founded as both the mint and the chives are already sending up new growth.
On the coldest nights I have been heating a brick up in the oven and then placing it on the ground in the greenhouse. It is the same technique as placing a hot water bottle under your blankets at the foot of your bed. It warms up the space just a bit. Enough, I hope, to keep the plants from freezing.
Now is the mellow time of year when a gardener can choose when she does her tasks. If a project waits a week, it is probably fine. It is a non stressful period. We can relax. The excitement (and continuous devotion) lies ahead. Soon I will start seeds in trays. Soon I will plant peas. For now I will blog and read my book.