Being that it is still winter there is not much new to update on outdoor veggie gardening. We have had a few days of warm weather that has melted all the snow we had on the ground. It may however not seem like it as by the time I got around to taking a photo it had snowed again... unfortunately!
The beets have survived under the snow. They should make for a few nice salads once they start actively growing again. Maybe even some baby beets if they plump up before they make way for something else. My fall broccoli that I left in is flat on the ground. I thought at first they made it through the winter but after a few warmer days they started to discolour and can now be smelted at the other end of the garden. They will be introduced to the compost soon.
The garlic is still growing ever so slightly. They can sure take some harsh weather. You may notice an empty spot in the middle, it seems that about 5 of the cloves did not sprout. Being that I am a rather fussy gardener, it bothers me not to have perfect rows.
So in order to try and fill in the empty spots I am going to try growing some more garlic. I planted up seven cloves in 4" pots and placed them in the cold frame. Hopefully they will root and sprout by spring so I can fill in the spots.
Well planting up the garlic I just had to photograph the basal plate. Doesn't garlic have a beautiful basal plate?
One the book front I am reading "Heirloom Vegetable Gardening" by William Woys Weaver. It is quite a coveted, out of print book that I borrowed from the library on an interlibrary loan. It is 439 pages of heirloom veggie goodness that I will be consumed with for a few days.
Although not very veggie related, I have had some icicle troubles, self inflicted really. You see, after I covered up my cold frame I thought I would whack the icicles down before they got to heavy and possibly take down the eve trough. I whacked them down so good it smashed off the dryer vent. I have replaced it with a new 4" rigid pipe indoors & a new hood outdoors a couple days ago, thankfully before any birds moved into the house. You might say it looks less siliconed? Speaking of silicon, if the weather ever warms up I will be able to neatly seal the new vent with clear silicon and spray foam on the inside. I think next winter I will have to clear the icicles well they are small to avoid repeating this problem, live and learn right.
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