January 20, 2014
Halfway through January & still pluggin’ away at my January TO DO list!
We have moved up here in Eastern NC! We get about two whole days each week in which it is warm & dry enough to venture outdoors! Wooowhoo 😉 Some things I have been able to get done:
- Pruned the rest of the blueberry bushes
(with no ‘before’ photo, it’s hard to see how much was pruned but it was a lot, believe me!)
(the brush pile with all of the blueberry prunings)
- Pruned all of the fruit trees
(before) (after) (the blueberry bushes were a lot more obvious/pronounced but until we stake this tree up, I don’t want to prune anymore)
- Ripped up two tarps & weed cloth (it was impossible to keep the bermuda grass out before having our BTE garden — still is pretty difficult) in some raised beds to make them BTE garden beds
(weighed down — windy day…i save these & put them around the edge of the garden to help keep the bermuda grass out)
- Covered those beds with mulch (the plethora of worms found was encouraging!)
- Finished covering the sweet potato patch with chicken manure (didn’t have enough chicken manure the last time I emptied the table under the roosts)
The chickens are not quite pooping enough 😉 so if it ever warms up and my husband gets a day off from work, we’re going to head down to the horse barn so I can spread manure on the rest of the garden and around all of the trees.
As I mentioned earlier, I recently planted onion & celery seeds. As I get more milk jugs, I’ll continue to plant more cool crops this month — lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc. before moving on to warmer crops in February.
I transplanted some kale from my neighbor’s garden into mine, since the chickens devoured mine, a while ago. I covered the kale because the temps were fluctuating so much. We have had so much rain and the cover was keeping the kale from being rained upon – they were starting to wilt so I made the decision this week to uncover the kale and the next day…our first snow! 🙂 Go figure. The kale is fine though. As soon as it warms up, I’m sure it will be growing like crazy.
One last thing…the chickens! They are giving us about a dozen eggs a day now! I am so happy that the daylight hours are growing longer — for many reasons but all of these eggs are WONDERFUL! So I guess that’s our only harvest this week but I am very happy with that!
Are you harvesting anything in your garden in January? Check out who is over at Daphne’s Dandelions 🙂
Wow everything is looking great! I’m jealous we will be another 6 to 8 weeks before we can dig out from the snow and start what you are doing now!!
my kids would prefer snow 😉 but that is not very common in eastern NC 🙂
We can’t dig right now either. The ground is still solid. In fact it is only 9F right now as I’m typing and it is supposed to be in the teens the next few days. Brrr.
You have a nice start for 2014!!!! I would have to trudge through the snow to prune here right now! Your planting in the jugs reminds me I should try a little of that. I went to a talk on it at the garden club telling how but have never done it. I am dehydrating carrots right now. Did one load yesterday and have one going today. Have never dried them before but plan to use them in soups. Happy gardening! Nancy