And Giving Away a $250 Best Buy Gift Card!
Mulching the Garlic Bed on 11-13-10
Realization of the Day:
December! Wow. December.
Long time no garden blogging.
I'm not really sure where November went, but I do have photographic evidence that exciting progress was made in the garden. The bed for the garlic was nicely amended, the garlic was planted (actually that was done back in October—on time!), the garlic bed was mulched, and I even managed to score a new raised bed in the process (not the one pictured above).
We enjoyed salads nearly every November night, freshly snipped from the bed of eight types of Asian greens I planted back on September 11th (salads sans lettuce are often the most interesting!). At dusk on Friday November 26th, with temperatures threatening to drop into the low teens, I frantically harvested everything left (which was a lot) in that bed, along with the disappointing contents of that second raised bed I planted on September 23rd. (I have plans to write more about all this fall planting, including a bunch of stuff I learned, but if you've been following this blog for very long, you know that even though I hvae the best intentions, there's a good chance I'll never get to it. I'm hoping that 2011 is the year I catch up with both the garden and garden blogging, but of course I've said that before!)
Lacking enough refrigerator space, I just stuffed all the greens into plastic bags and put them in a cooler in The Shack's very cold pantry, which basically turns into a giant (and handy!) walk-in refrigerator this time of year. I even remembered to label each variety so I can figure out which ones I want to grow again.
I also picked most of the volunteer Swiss chard that was thriving in the greenhouse—which filled its own large cooler—and then yesterday went back and picked another big bag of Swiss chard, as well as a nice big bunch of volunteer arugula (I always forget how big the leaves get when given plenty of space), and most of the sage, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and lemon balm. It's all still sitting in colanders in the pantry—but at least it's not outside.
It was 19°F this morning, which was surprising because we expected about 10°. The lowest we've had so far is 15°. Winter is definitely on the way. There's even a chance of snow this weekend. There's lots I'd still like to do in the garden and the greenhouse, but with blustery days with highs in the 30s, I may opt for curling up with that growing stack of seed catalogs instead. (Do they seem to arrive earlier each year or what?) Or who knows—I may even do some more garden blogging.
In the meantime, BlogHer (my publishing network), and I are giving away a $250 Best Buy gift card to one Farmgirl Fare reader! I was chosen to review a laptop computer with the new Intel® Core™ i5 processor, and it's already helped me get organized in the kitchen. Maybe the garden is next.
You can enter the $250 gift card giveaway on both my first review post and my second review post. Nineteen other bloggers are also giving away $250 Best Buy gift cards, and BlogHer is giving away four laptops. The contests end December 22nd, and all the details are here. Good luck!
So how was your fall growing season? Did anything from the garden grace your Thanksgiving table? Is anything still going on in your garden now? Any seeds ordered yet?
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