Remember last week when I said I was going to use this blog and all of you guys to keep me motivated to become a 12 month/year gardener? Well here I am again with my Sunday update.
I was afraid I would having nothing new to share seeing its on the first Sunday in February but as usual my garden surprised me!
Look everyone...Raspberries and Strawberries!!!
With our unseasonably warm weather I was not surprised to see the raspberries budding...
But I did not expect this...
Ladies and gentlemen hang onto your winter weary hats we have full blown raspberry leaves...first on the runway is the long and lean Miss Raspberry 2010!
And not to be outdone let me introduce to you this year's Miss Strawberry!
She is shy,sweet and full of inner beauty...much less thorny than Miss Raspberry. I have always loved a berry that is of a sweet disposition. Others may like the drama of a cane berry but give me the short, the squat, the plain...not that I'm projecting...
Seriously, I'm not.
Ain't she a beauty?
And guess what else we've got growing? This is some wonderfully aromatic and tasty garlic chives. The garlic is in the background, they are all doing wonderfully.
The rhubarb is also coming along nicely...
Notice all the leaf litter and old stocks of last year's rhubarb? I try to as much as possible let this collect to break down to enrich the soil around perennial veggies like rhubarb. It may not look as neat and tidy but these plants are over 10 years old and are super healthy and give me huge harvests.
I have also been busy planning ways to extend my growing season year around. I'm going to put in four cold frames. I decided earlier today where I would put them...
I've drawn in where they will go. I am going to make them out of concrete blocks partially sunk into the ground. They will be located next to a gravel path that I will be putting in later this spring.
Even though I would have loved to have used old wooden windows...I am realistic enough to know that with as wet as it is around here aluminum was much more sensible. These are double paned windows from an old house we remodeled.
So there you have it...our first Winter Garden Update together!
Any projects planned for your garden to extend the growing season?