January 6, 2016
Here is what the garden looked like at the beginning of December.And after a very warm and wet December, here is what it looks like at the beginning of January.
The grass is greener, what with the warm, wet weather. But the blueberry bushes have lost most of their leaves.
My husband had some extra time this weekend and decided to help me cover the strawberry beds, rip up some tarp, and haul a LARGE amount of mulch!
Strawberry beds before…
And after (covered with poop and mulch).I scraped all of the poop off of the roosting table, spread it over the strawberry beds and over some bare ground after he ripped up some tarp. Then, I spread all of the mulch he hauled. The kids’ job was to weed where we were spreading mulch.
(that patch of green is a small patch of overwintering spinach)`
We got SOOO much done, it seems, but in reality, we only weeded, put down manure, and covered about 1/10th of the garden with mulch. Ah well, there’s only so much we can do at a time. All of that pitching, hauling, and raking of the mulch does a number on your back, arms, and hands!
We have picked the spot for our new raspberry plants so the next time my husband has a free day, we will weed, rip up tarp and cover that area with manure and mulch as well.
The garden looks a bit different now than in the first picture. The temperatures really dropped yesterday and we had our first snow! Just flurries. Not much stuck. Anyway, before the snow, we covered everything with the lightweight garden fabric. Part of me thinks we should have gone with the heavier garden fabric but it is only going to be in the low 20s for two nights then it will jump back into lows in the 40s and 50s. I am hoping everything will be okay and I will put the heavier fabric on when the low temps are here to stay.
Here is an overview of what the garden looks like in early January:Brassica transplants to be…? idk. transplanted later? eaten off of? We’ll see. Purple headed cabbage. Hopefully we will get an early spring harvest from these. celery cilantro Carrots & spinach Brassicas (broccoli, sprouting broccoli, and cabbage)
I love seeing the changes from month to month. I wonder what it will look like at the beginning of February?
Do you find that you don’t need to transplant and thin the strawberries by covering them with mulch as Paul suggests? They are usually such a high maintenance crop. Is it really as easy as just covering them with 2-4 inches of chips? I’m inspired by all your photos this summer of delicious strawberries!