This last week or so in the garden:


More massive frosts and unscheduled freezes, plus fierce winds too – so not much of the garden left now 😦

Even the frost-hardy plants are struggling to cope this year, sadly. Even before the official start of winter, we had been having severe frosts for months and hoar frosts like this one (below)  – where everything freezes solid:IMG_6884 IMG_6883 IMG_6893 IMG_6892 IMG_6890IMG_6889IMG_6891   IMG_6888 IMG_6887 IMG_6886 IMG_6885

The storm mangled and frost burned Blue Shelling Peas (below) – so sad after they were cropping really good:
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Usually in the morning when it frosts, I spray water on the frozen plants with the hose sprinkler, but this time (above) I had to do it continuously for 2 hours as the water kept on freezing straight back into ice! 😦 It was so exhausting.

But through it all, some things did manage to survive under the frost covers and here they are:
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6x stalks Celery – albeit a bit frost damaged
The last hail and frost damaged fully grownTat Soi – as it was going to seed, removed the whole plant
Half a bowl full of Sprouting Broccoli – Rudolph Winter Purple, Winter Green and Romanesco
Half a bowl of mixed Kale – Blue Ridge, Pink Stem, Cavolo Nero, Vates Blue Squire, Red Monarch & Red Russian
2 large handfuls of mixed Mustard – Komatsuna, Coloured Frills, Deep Purple, Giant Red, Purple Wave & Streaks
2 large handfuls of Pak Choi – leaves only; I usually allow the plant to keep growing and produce more
…. and 2 solitary baby “Mini Me” Lemons 🙂

Elsewhere in the garden tho, the winter crops are still attempting to grow, frosts, ice, hail, snow or not!! Thankfully!

Brussel Sprouts and Winter Cauliflower doing pretty good so far – these are the biggest out of my 20+ plants…

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The next rounds of Brussel Sprouts,  Kohl Rabi, Kale, Broccoli, Pak Choi, Cauliflower, Cabbage & Collards are also coming along rather nicely too:
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A few more plants that managed to survive the frosts and freezing fold – Carrots, Radishes & Bartowich Parsley:
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I put frost “hats” on the herbs and baby trees at the doorstep; they are working really, really well – i’m impressed!
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The Sprouting Broccoli plants and Celery (below) – before I picked them!

More Cabbages, Leeks, Kohl Rabi, Cauliflower and Broccoli (below) coming along:

The Winter Salads & Mesclun Mixes (below) are doing really, really well, we are picking and eating every week:
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And last but not least, my one baby Pine Tree that has survived so far! 🙂

For now, have happy gardening wherever you are and whatever you are growing. Peace, from Suz

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2 thoughts on “This last week or so in the garden:

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