Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gratuitous Garden Post

Hard to believe tomorrow is December 1, and the garden is still going. I probably should have been decorating and shopping this past Sunday, but couldn't quite bring myself to get into holiday-insanity mode. Not with the sun shining and weeds to be pulled!

Here are our homemade hoop houses. (Gotta love duct tape.)


















Below, from left to right, are kohlrabi, beets, pac choi (?) cabbage, and carrots.


















And here's spinach, broccoli rabe, swiss chard and some sort of green whose name I forget. It's supposed to grow when it's 30 below. Or something like that.


















And finally, the take from what's still hanging in under row covers: more chard, kale, and baby carrots. Sure am enjoying this year's grand garden experiment.














To me, gardening is a sort of moving meditation. It also gets the ideas flowing. I don't know why this is– I'm happy just to keep digging.

9 comments:

Lisa Firke (hitthosekeys) said...

Lovely!

cmv... said...

these look wonderful jen! oh how i wish....

Lee said...

Nice Blog :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Lisa!

And Christine... I wish, too!!!

Thank you, Lee! :-)

TaraLarsenChang said...

Jennifer! I love the hoops! (Do you have a post where you talked about how you made them? I totally need some!!!)

Jennifer said...

Tara-- They were fairly easy and cheap compared to pre-made ones in the catalogs... it's pvc electrical conduit pipe from Home Depot, 10-foot lengths (or cut to whatever length you like), then covered with greenhouse plastic. (Found that online.) The plastic is attached with duct tape and whatever clamps we had laying around, and then husband put a board along one edge that can be rolled up. Also-- he built a wooden frame for the base out of untreated pine and drilled holes to fit the piping. Might have gone a little overboard on that part, since I think it would be just as easy to put the piping in the ground wherever you need it.

We'll probably modify them as we go along-- I think they could be lower to the ground-- and I'll also probably put row covers on the veggies inside when it gets really frigid. Hope this all makes sense! ;-)

Lee said...

Nice Blog :)

TaraLarsenChang said...

Very cool! (I just forwarded this post to my husband since he keeps threatening to make me some. :-).

Julie said...

That's fantastic that you can grow fresh vegetables so long into the winter! Who knew?