This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, December 11, 2017

winter garden

winter garden IMG_1188

My garden is snow covered from an early storm. We got about 5 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday. My winter tunnel collapsed at the ends. I didn't put the top support on. I'll do that soon. I use duct tape and attach a PVC pipe along the top apex of each hoop to keep the hoops from collapsing inward. I'm also missing a hoop at the left end.

I opened up the tunnel today and loved the feel of the warm humid air that escaped. It's great how the sun warms the air through the greenhouse plastic. My tunnel has two layers - one of greenhouse plastic and then another of winter fabric row cover.

winter tunnel IMG_1194

I've been experimenting with different greens in my tunnel. Spinach always does super well. I tried a big row of arugula this year and it's awesome too. Escarole and mustard greens are great. I pick a salad bowl once a week and alternate with store-bought. I have several varieties of lettuce growing. I'm really pleased with my iceberg lettuce Ice Queen. I have 4 heads and looking forward to harvesting a couple for a nice Christmas salad. I think this lettuce would be even better if I had started it a bit earlier and had bigger heads, but the loose outer greens are holding up really well in the cold tunnel.

All of my greens will start growing soon - late January - once the sunlight starts to increase. Nothing's growing now, but my tunnel greens always grow like crazy with increasing sun and then by Feb and March it's full. I pick leaves here and there and am patient until the daylight increases.

winter tunnel lettuce IMG_1196



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Nice

December 12, 2017 4:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for keep us up with going on in your garden so different than here on the NW coast...we have just had a week of cold sunny weather...rain is returning this week...I have started to harvest my leeks (big and beautiful this year) and still have lettuces, swiss chard and herbs growing without cover

December 15, 2017 11:21 AM

Blogger Greg said...

Everything looks fantastic!

I'm envious: I keep meaning to do a winter tunnel for my greens, but never am able to plan far enough ahead.

December 21, 2017 3:15 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I harvested my leeks a month ago just as the ground froze. I wish I could leave them in all winter like you do in the Northwest. Our ground is rock solid now. We’ll have several nights about -5F this week. Brrr. I’ll have to turn on my chickens’ little heater bulb and close their door at night. It’s all snowy and icy outside today. I was planning to harvest salad greens for Christmas dinner but not sure I want to go out and break through all the ice to open my tunnel. Brr again.

December 24, 2017 3:44 PM


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