Undercover Farmer

by Sarah on October 24, 2009

Well, I finally did it.  I finally got my act together and planted a winter garden.  I haven’t planted a winter garden since I lived in midtown, and that was….6 years ago?  Why did it take so long, you ask.  It’s simple, really.  I hate winter.  I mean, I really hate it.  As in Seasonal Affective Disorder.  I lived near Portland for one year and had to come back because I felt like the sun never came out.  I like it when it’s 80-90* outside, sunny, beautiful blue skies……not grey, damp and cold.  Therefore, the winter garden does not happen.  I like the idea of one though, and since it’s about 77* outside, I decided to go for it.  Now we’ll see how it gets maintained all winter.  Yikes.

I bought rhubarb!  I really like rhubarb but never really thought about growing it.  And there it was, at Capital Nursery so I bought it.  It was my impulse buy of the day.

Here’s all the other goodies.  Looks like a lot of grass.
Before…..really it’s not that bad, considering.
After the beds are churned and raked.
Baby lettuce!
Lots and lots of baby lettuce.  I like salad.
Snow peas and sugar snap peas.  I’ve never grown either of these, so we’ll see how it goes.
Wondering why I have fencing over all my planting beds?
SOMEONE who shall remain NAMELESS likes to dig in the yard.  Particularly in the nice, soft, cool garden if she can get away with it.
Yeah, I’m hip to your sneaky ways.  I’m not about to lose $40 in baby plants.

Here’s what went in:  5 kinds of lettuce, arugula, snow peas, sugar snap peas, rainbow chard, red chard, kale, Chinese cabbage, brussels sprouts, red torpedo onions and rhubarb.  Still miraculously producing are the basil, yellow bell peppers and hot peppers.  I may try to make some kind of greenhouse contraption to see if the peppers will live.  Hank over at Hunter Gardner Angler Cook wrote an article recently saying that peppers are NOT annuals, contrary to popular belief.  So we’ll see.

Stay tuned….

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