|Project by Vallyncia||posted 09-06-2010 01:34 AM||2144 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
This weekend I planted my winter garden(s), one in the food bank plot, one in my personal plot, and a few odd things on my balcony. I seeded turnips (no idea if that will work), garlic, and swiss chard (which should produce all winter if I put it under a cloche) and put in seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and kale. I also planted some winter pansies for colour.
I’m pretty excited, I’ve never had the opportunity to try to grow plants for food production in the winter before so I’m eager to see how successful this is.
I’ve been told that, in our zone, most of these plants should be good through the winter, although most will not produce until early spring (or midsummer, as is the case with the garlic). Swiss chard and kale should produce straight through if I protect it from major cold snaps, and the thought of having fresh greens year round is pretty appealing :) I have also chopped up my cucumber and squash plants and used them as mulch around the new plants, in the hopes that will help keep some of the heat in and the rain out throughout Vancouver’s soggy winter.
Kale, a shot of the food bank plot during planting, me doing some weeding, a shot of the finished bed just after planting, cabbage after two months, and my bed after two months of growth.
As you can see some of my summer harvest is still in place, but the squash plant will probably be coming out in the next week or two. I have one more zucchini I’m hoping will finish developing!
I don’t have any shots of what I did on the balcony, but that was mostly me just putting the odds and ends into pots and seeing if they will grow like that. After all, will cabbage grow in a pot?? I have no idea, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it done…
I guess I’ll let you know in a few months!
November 7, 2010
So everything has been in for about two months now and overall things are going well. I’ve had quite an issue with aphids and cabbage moth caterpillars, but pretty much everything has survived the pests, although a few things aren’t as far along as I had hoped.
The next step will be to build the cloches to cover everything for the frosts that should be arriving in the next couple weeks. That will be my next project!
On my balcony things aren’t doing quite as well. The pests are running rampant, despite my best efforts to remove them by hand and my frequent sprays with a vinegar/soap concoction that helps but doesn’t solve the problem. My pansies are getting annihilated (it took me forever to realize that they were covered with aphids) but since they are such hardy plants I hope they will recover.
And after that first frost the bugs should be pretty much gone anyways, so as long as it’s a strong enough frost to kill the bugs but not so harsh that it kills my plants, I will be very, very happy.
-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison