Lots more winter coming

square foot garden with four season protection

What a mess!  The days get longer, the snow is coming and it’s just freezing out there!  We awoke to a white Christmas with 5 inches of new snow!  We’ve got more on the way and we’ve also got a few nights dipping into the single digits!  The seed catalogs have arrived and I’ve been marking up every single one of them with all the fancy new things I want to try this upcoming year.

By the way-do you get Johnny’s catalog?  There’s this new item they have-Mexican Sour Gherkins.  They look so cool!  They’re miniature cucumbers that you harvest when 1″ long.  They taste like cucumbers with a citrus and tangy overtone.  Anyone ever tried them?  I noticed Niki Jabbour has talked about them on her Facebook site.  I’m not sure I’ll be growing them but they do look interesting.  I don’t know any neighbor gardeners who’ve grown them and I don’t know any square foot gardeners who’ve tried them.  I’d be interested to know if any of you have?  If so, let me know what you think.  I’m always up for trying new things but they have to be productive. The square foot gardener might not have a lot of room so space is at a premium-at least it is for me.

But the fun can begin right now if you’re ready!  If you’ve got your four season garden protection up there are things that you can plant-right now.  It’s true that many things are impossible to germinate in the winter, but there are 7 crops I’ve been successful with in the winter.  And with the empty spaces that are appearing in the garden because we’ve been eating out of it all winter, it’s time to replant.  And that’s exactly what I did this afternoon.

Don’t let the winter blues get you down.  There’s still much you can do!  Plantings of cold weather crops, collecting material to add to your compost bins,  and gathering seeds for the spring season are all fun activities to get you through the depressing winter months.

And even more, use the winter months to learn all you can about how to be a better gardener.  I ran across this nifty piece on twitter that I thought was informative.  Reading things like this all winter long will do nothing but add to your garden knowledge.  Hope you like it.  Cheers!

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