Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holiday Update: 12/25/2011

Let me start by saying "Happy Holidays" to everyone! I know I haven't posted an update in a while and there is more than one reason for it. The main reason is that I have been working full time and haven't had any extra time. The other reason is that the garden is pretty bare and all the updates would be identical and simply boring.

The only things really growing are radishes. It is nice weather but not warm enough to really be able to grow much without a greenhouse or row cover. I made covers for the structures that protect the beds but not really using them. I guess I just am a bit worn out this year and not much grows this time of year other than greens.

I have plans to add more beds and more structures for next year. I wanted to keep an area of the garden for direct in-ground sowing but even a 6 inch raised bed helps for keeping the cats out. I'm working it out in my head and will soon do it on paper. I just think that beds make things much easier for planning and planting.

I am working on the garden plan for next year and have many yogurt cups ready for young seedlings. The compost is looking good and will be great for the soil. I hate it but I may need to buy some potting mix for transplanting seedlings. I will be probably be buying a couple of garden soil bags. I don't buy anything fancy and just need some filler in the beds. The compost is great but I only have so much of it and needs to be spread out. Another large bin like the one I already have would be great but they are not cheap. We'll have to wait and see.

My mother in law was given tons of seed packets and brought them over and I am now the proud owner of 25 seed packets. The catch is that these seeds were packed for 2009 and I don't know how they were stored. I will be starting these early to see if they will actually germinate and will try to save newer seed from the plants that do grow.

Well, that is pretty much it for now but I will be updating if anything changes.

Luis