Garden in February, Eastern NC, Zone 7b

February 2, 2015

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Not much has changed other than the blueberry bushes being pruned.

Garden Accomplishments in January:

  • Finally got the blueberry bushes pruned!!!
  • Planted celery and onions in the greenhouses.

February Tasks:

  • Prune fruit trees and ornamental trees
  • Plant cherry trees and fig trees
  • Plant cabbage, lettuce, kale, and broccoli in greenhouses
  • Direct sow beets, spinach, carrots, and peas (and cover)

I hope next February, you will be seeing at least a few more tunnels and a lot more harvests! Alas, for this winter, the only thing we are harvesting daily is eggs. We have harvested a total of 61 eggs this January from our 18 hens. This is the first year we have tried to keep up with a tally. I think it will be so neat to see how those numbers go up each month as the daylight hours lengthen  🙂

Even though we are not harvesting daily, we are still eating from our garden stores.

Produce harvested in 2014 that we are still using:

  • blueberries
  • strawberries (harvested from a Upick farm in May of 2014)
  • green beans
  • sweet potatoes
  • sunflowers (still giving them to the chickens little by little)
  • green peppers
  • pumpkin

I am very pleased with the fact that we still have berries frozen. Last winter, I had used up all of our strawberries and blueberries by January. As it is, I have one more gallon bag of frozen strawberries and 5-6 more gallon bags of blueberries. We use these in smoothies, in our oatmeal, but mainly, we defrost them & process them with flaxseed to make jelly for our PB&J sandwiches.

I am hoping the sweet potatoes will last us until June of this year (when the garden potatoes start coming in) at least. I only have one more gallon bag of frozen green beans. I am planning on growing more this year. We don’t eat green peppers or pumpkin very much so that is why we are still swimming in them.

Produce harvested in 2014 that we have used up:

  • tomatoes (we still have some frozen from 2013 though so we’re not buying any)
  • corn
  • peas
  • garden potatoes
  • raspberries (never had enough to preserve)
  • greens (lettuce, kale, spinach – never had enough to preserve)
  • root veggies (onions, beets, carrots – never had enough to preserve)
  • cabbage (ate coleslaw for the last time this week)
  • zucchini (never had enough to preserve)
  • spaghetti squash
  • butternut squash

I am planning on growing and preserving more tomatoes, corn, peas, storage potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and root veggies this year.

I think we’ll plan on eating (rather than preserving) all of our raspberries, strawberries, greens, and zucchini fresh. I don’t think we could grow enough to preserve because we eat these up so quickly! Maybe one day (for the fruit) but definitely not this year!

Are you harvesting anything? Planting? Are you still eating from your stores? Check out what’s going on in gardens around the world at Daphne’s Dandelions.

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3 thoughts on “Garden in February, Eastern NC, Zone 7b

  1. daphnegould

    My problem is that I’ve changed how I eat. So I’m using a lot more of the greens up than I had in previous years. I had them last the winter last year. Not so sure that is going to happen this year.

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  2. Barbie

    Looks like you’ll have a wonderful blueberry harvest. My plants are much smaller so I’m a little jealous! Great job preserving/using the preserved harvest.

    Reply

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