Overwintering Vegetables- what’s in my garden now

I have had so-so success with overwintering vegetables. I seem to do better ever year, so that is something, I guess.

Last Fall, I planted beets and cabbage under my cloche, which all got eaten by something.

I also planted a cover crop of Buckwheat. I even covered it with row cover, so the birds wouldn’t eat the seeds. I took it off once the seedlings had emerged. I’m thinking I should have left the row cover on longer, because all the seedlings disappeared shortly after I removed it.

What survived and is thriving, is the arugula, spinach and lettuce that I planted in my cold frames. Just a couple of nights ago, I made a salad from some of the lettuce!

I planted fava beans for the first time last Fall, and those seem to be doing well.

I plant garlic every year, because Matt and I both love garlic and use it in everything we cook. Since we always run out, I planted an even larger plot of it last year.

In one feed trough, are a couple of artichoke starts I got last Spring, from the West Seattle Nursery. Since artichokes are perennials, I figured they would be well suited to a container. Both plants had black aphids all over them last year, so I tried spraying them with soap spray. A lot of the leaves died and fell off, but the plants seem to be looking better this year.

In the other feed trough, I planted some multiplier onions, but there is no sign of them yet. One of the bulbs was a little squishy and diseased looking. I didn’t plant that one, but hopefully the other ones weren’t diseased as well. Maybe they will pop up this Spring?

 

3 thoughts on “Overwintering Vegetables- what’s in my garden now

  1. Hi Lilly,

    What’s do you have spread on top of the soil for the garlic? I usually get my body weight in garlic from the farmer’s market and would like to grow some this year. What’s it for? Thanks!

    1. It’s straw. Not to be confused with hay. I get it at the feed store in Burien. They also sell bales at Walt’s Organic Fertilizer Co. in Ballard. It’s a great mulch as it keeps in moisture and is suppose to suppress weeds. The straw I use sometimes has weed seeds in it. I have yet to find any straw that is guaranteed weed seed free, at either Walt’s or the Burien Feed store. I just pull out the grass as it grows. It’s usually not a lot.

      1. Thanks! It has been more than a bit overwhelming to start out, but your blog and the books that you’ve suggested help a lot. : )

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