Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Final garden clean up & winter gardening preparations!

Such sunny warm days this week - perfect for spending a few more lingering moments pondering over this past season's garden; harvesting the last seeds that have finally dried on the tulsi, marigold and calendula; digging carrots sweetened by last week's frosts; planting more garlic; tidying up the garden beds and preparing for winter.  We set up our cold frame, which is really a long grow tunnel created by pulling a large roll of plastic poly over the length of two of our raised beds and securing it over rebar-reinforced hoops (to hold up under the weight of snow!).  We've recently seeded the soil underneath with arugula, mixed salad greens, coriander, parsley, kale, spinach - some of which has already sprouted, and the rest which will germinate in late winter when the soil heats up under our mini greenhouse tunnel.  We have taken loads of advice from Eliot Coleman's Winter Harvest Handbook (full title "Winter Harvest Handbook:Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses") and Four Season Harvest, also planting up our greenhouse soil again, as well as transferring our hot peppers and rosemary indoors to extend their season...

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