February in the Garden
The first draft of our starter garden is four months along now.
It hasn’t gone how I imagined it would, but the garden is full of growing things–much of it edible. Since the food crops outpaced the weeds in December, I haven’t spent as much time working the garden, but I had a good hour to myself back there this afternoon while my people went to the beach. Also, I’ve figured out how to move batches of photos from my phone, so expect more (phone-quality, sorry) photo posts from our walks around Newcastle soon!
Here is where we started back in October:
We’ve been enjoying butternut squash, grape tomatoes, an abundance of parsley, mint, oregano, a little basil, and chard. The weather was too hot for the lettuce in January, so I’m letting it go to seed, as with the one cilantro plant that actually came up. Maybe their next generations will fare better. Between the force of the hose and the hands of the toddler, very little sprouted where I intended.
The vines I planted have nearly spent themselves and it is time to decide what to plant next in those patches of earth. Summer seems to be fading, but autumn should be good for greens–maybe some kale this time, and more herbs. For the next draft, I’m looking into permaculture and ways to make more efficient use of the space. We have probably recouped the expense of the seeds by now in produce eaten, several times over if you count the things that grew and were claimed by other creatures. Since some of our most productive plants have been accidental, I’m becoming more inclined to let the garden grow itself and not hang too many hopes on specific plants. But I will be seriously disappointed if I don’t notice the melons are ripe before something else does.
It’s seed catalogue time in North America. What are you thinking of planting this year?