Jim's Winter Garden 2012 ...

Discussion in 'Gardening and Agriculture' started by vja4Him, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. vja4Him

    vja4Him Survivalist Noob

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    I'm glad that I took advantage of the warming trend we had which only lasted for about two weeks .... Days were in the 50s and 60s, almost 70 several days. Many nights above freezing, which helped give the seeds a good start.

    Yesterday morning (coldest time is between 3:00 a.m to 6:00 or 7:00 a.m) I measured temperatures as low as 18 degrees F. (- 8 degrees C.) in my garden!!!

    I was very concerned that I would lose many of the seedlings around the garden, but so far it looks like most everything that was up has survived. This morning was only down to around 27 degrees F. (- 3 degrees C.).

    I will post pictures of my garden soon .....

    Lots of Chinese Cabbage coming along just fine .... Beets, Calendulas (edible and medicinal flowers), Lettuce, Peas, Kale, Kohlrabi, Radishes, Hollyhocks, Verbena, African Daisies, Swiss Chard, Lemon Grass, Roses, Geraniums, Ice Plant, Dusty Miller, Cacti, Succulents.

    Even my Jades (on the porch protected by two walls) have survived! Several Spider Plants are still just barely hanging on .... Most have died out, but they will probably grow back in a couple months ....
     
  2. *Andi

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    Look forward to the pictures. :wave:
     

  3. vja4Him

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    This picture was taken January 2nd, 2012, showing my patches of Chinese Cabbage, which are all Volunteers (came up on their own):

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  4. vja4Him

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    Taken January 2nd, 2012 -- This is one of my patches of Swiss Chard (might be some Beets mixed in). These are also Volunteers that came up from plants which had gone to seed:

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  5. vja4Him

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    Here is a patch of Beets, more Volunteers. Picture January 2nd, 2012:

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  6. vja4Him

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    All of the above plants have survived a test of cold hardiness ... Yesterday morning I measured the temperature in my garden as low as only 18 degrees F. (- 8 degrees C.) in some places!!!

    I expected many of my plants to not survive those extreme temperatures, but even the Lettuce has survived, with temperatures this morning a bit warmer, at around 27 degrees F. (- 3 degrees C.).

    So far most of my garden plants are still hanging in there pretty good. I think maybe lots of seeds that have not yet sprouted might have died though in the extreme weather yesterday morning.

    My Potatoes have died .... They were just coming up with very healthy looking leaves. Maybe some of the Potatoes that haven't sprouted yet will still survive ...

    I still have many plots left where I can plant more seeds and Potatoes, Yams and Sweet Potatoes, and lots of Lilly Tubers ....
     
  7. *Andi

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    Cool pictures!!! Makes me want to go play in the dirt ... :D

    What zone are you in?
     
  8. gypsysue

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    Aw, man! What awesome pictures! I envy you. January and you have green stuff growing!

    Hey, can you toss an old blanket over some of that stuff on cold nights, like the potatoes? Might be worth it, to get them through a few cold nights and save the crop.

    Wow. Keep us posted on the progress!
     
  9. vja4Him

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    I'm in the northern-most end of Growing Zone #8, about two or three miles from the southern-most end of Growing Zone #14, both which are good for growing year around.
     
  10. vja4Him

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    Too late! The Potato plants that were sprouting out of the ground are already dead .... I'm hoping that more Potatoes deep in the ground will survive and still sprout later.

    I have more Potatoes on the porch in some containers, waiting for them to sprout, then I'll plant them, probably in the middle of February.
     
  11. vja4Him

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    I started my Fall-Winter garden too late. I didn't start planting until late November. Should have started planting for Fall around the end of August, and continue planting until the beginning or middle of November.

    This year I will get an much earlier start. I could have had mature Peas already, perhaps even some with flowers by now.

    I will probably wait until the first week of February before I plant anymore seeds, just to be safe. But if we get our usual heavy rains, that could present a problem when planting seeds ....
     
  12. Corkster

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    I am at the edge of zone 7-8a with garden inside a solid fence. Still getting Brussels sprouts, Chard, Spinach and Collard greens. Was trying to keep leaf lettuce all winter in containers but had issues, replanting this week. Our warm season spring Planting here starts mid March, last frost projected for 4/30.
     
  13. vja4Him

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    Awesome! What are the lowest temperatures you have seen so far this winter?
     
  14. vja4Him

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    Verbena ...

    My Verbena is flowering in several places around my garden. The following recent pictures were all taken on February 17th, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

    We have had many days below freezing, with around four or five days in the mid-20s F. (- 4 degrees C.). Many days have been in the low-to-mid 30s F. (0 to 2 degrees C.).

    Photo taken February 17th, 2012:

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  15. vja4Him

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    Swiss Chard Patch

    Here is one of my Swiss Chard patches (all came up as volunteers). Photo taken February 17th, 2012:

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  16. vja4Him

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    Another Swiss Chard Patch ...

    Here is another Swiss Chard patch that came up as volunteers. Photo taken February 17th, 2012:

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  17. vja4Him

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    Sunflowers ...

    These Sunflowers are coming up as volunteers. Photo taken February 17th, 2012:

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  18. vja4Him

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    Here are some Potatoes that I planted on December 27th, 2011. We had one very cold morning here. I measured the temperature around the garden, and in several spots, it was down to 18 degrees F. (- 8 degrees C.).

    As you can see, from my pictures, all of my plants survived this extreme drop in temperature! Although it was only that cold for maybe two or three hours, but still is a good example of just how hardy certain plants are ...

    Photo taken February 17th, 2012:

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  19. vja4Him

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    Potatoes - Lettuce

    These Potatoes are volunteers that grew from the left over patch from last year. I dug up most of the Potatoes, but left a few in the ground to see if any would survive and grow new plants.

    The Lettuce was planted on December 28th, 2011. Photo taken February 17th, 2012:

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  20. vja4Him

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    This small plot of Peas was planted on November 26th, 2011.

    Picture was taken February 17th, 2012:

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