Garden Appreciation Thread


I’ve been waging an unending war where they dig a hole, I move the soil back into the hole, they dig it back out, repeat ad infinitum. Bury your damn nuts elsewhere!




The cardboard will be covered with wood chips, once my chipper is fixed.
Since this is my first time for winter gardening, I have some of the beets and carrots and turnips covered, and some not covered, so that I can compare how they fare.
Only ten weeks until indoor seed planting!


No pictures, but I had a lesson about winter gardening today.
We got about three inches of slushy snow. My row cover was all smushed in, and it is impossible to get the gloppy snow off. I finally got it clear, with only a few rips in the fabric. The uncovered plants still have some slush on them.
But Wednesday, we are due for another foot and a half of snow.
I was really looking forward to eating fresh vegetables all winter. There are winters here where we get almost no snow. And winters with big piles.
This is where a polytunnel would pay off.
In the meanwhile, I may harvest some root vegetables and put them in the fridge, then pick a bunch of greens and eat lots of fresh salad while I can.
I was counting o picking veggies on Christmas day, so I have to confess to being a little disappointed.


Or you could layer some straw over them and leave them in the fridge that is the great outdoors…


Root vegetables like carrots, beets, and turnips are great for overwintering. Cold temperatures will even initiate a process known as chill-sweetening, in which the plants convert starches to sugar and yield a crisp, candy-like vegetable come spring. Kate Garland, horticulturist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, fondly recalls images of master gardeners in the northern reaches of Maine pulling beautiful carrots out of the ground in the middle of January.


It really feels like a lesson of all of the kinds
of struggles our ancestors must have had to feed themselves yearround, reading this thread! At least in the northern regions. The struggles were different in the tropics and desert regions of the world, I imagine!

In any case, I love reading about your gardening, and sorry about the crop loss! 頑張ってください!


They are all set up to overwinter if they need to. The thing right now is if we start getting dumped on, we may very well be in for one of those winters where I will not be able to dig them out until spring. Also the things like arugula and spinach may not make it through without rotting. So I am at least harvesting most of those greens, and enough roots to eat on Christmas and New Years.
Our winters are highly variable. Last winter, we had only a few light dustings of snow. Other winters, we have had a meter at a time. I grew up much further North, so the winters here seem mild to me. Mild enough that I tell myself I can get away with a winter garden, although I know that I really can’t …


so neat!
my tomcat just said he wanted soil blockers for xmas so i sent him pics of your home made ones…
thanks very much for sharing!

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I hope that it turns out ok. It was really just a lucky find for me. The old tube of caulking just happened to fit the PVC pipe perfectly.

I ran outside and gathered some roots before they became buried in snow:


I got him some and a ho mi i’ve had my eyes on from this nice UK shop but I’m gonna keep my eyes peeled for tight fitting tubes… sometimes i see PVC piping on my walks. Got tubing at home but it’s all hula hoop size so pretty small.

It’s quite rare nowadays to find such a family feel in an online shop


I looked through their catalog. Yes, 8-bit family feel. :slight_smile:
I will now go to watch their hoe being used on youtube.

Also, I can tell you the measurement on the pipe. I think it is stamped on the side. And I assume that caulking tubes are universal.

My sister, who works in agriculture, thinks that I should make and sell them.

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It is <種子>{しゅし} catalog time.
My sister sent me a gift certificate for Kitazawa 種子. They specialize in Asian <種子>{しゅし}, but are heavily weighted towards Japanese. I will do the bulk of my ordering from here.
I love the Baker Creek Heirloom <種子>{しゅし} catalog. It would be easy to get carried away in the tomato section. But where would I grow them all?
I also use Johnny’s 種子. They are oriented towards small farmers.
Finally, we are fortunate to have an actual local 種子 producer, Rohrer 種子. We will be making a visit to them soon.


A bit of Swedish winter in my parents garden. :slight_smile: :snowflake: