I've been picking green onions pretty much on a daily basis. These are multipliers so I'm trying not to pick them faster than they can multiply, but it's hard (I love onions).
As you can tell, I still have quite a few left to last me until I do a massive replant in March for the Spring Garden. Next fall, I'll have plenty more space and I'll definitely be planting more of these green onions. They're easy to plant, maintain, and their incredibly hearty (not to mention, they taste fabulous is just about everything).
As I mentioned on Monday, I also pulled my first cabbage out of the garden over the weekend. I refer to them as my mutant cabbage. They're so huge and beautiful!
I was only one day eating into the first cabbage when I realized just how many days it was going to take me to eat it. Let's just say I canned a large batch of all-local cabbage soup this week and am planning on canning at least one batch of cabbage soup for every cabbage still in the garden. Yeah - there are four more of them. Mmmm, mmmm!
I pulled up both the spinach and snow peas this month as they just weren't producing much. I replaced one of the squares with broccoli and the other two squares with new spinach seeds. All the seeds are up and growing nicely. I do have one empty square at this point, and will have more as February progresses and I continue pulling those cabbage, but I'll be holding off any planting until I plant the spring garden in March.
That, of course, isn't the broccoli I just planted, but rather one of the originals. You can finally see the head coming up from the center and I have been so excited about it, I just had to add the photo. It won't be long before we're picking and steaming broccoli...
So, on to the planning (and ooh, do I have plans)! I've purchased all my seeds and just need to pick up some tomato plants when they hit the market (probably next month). The problem is, I need space! So this weekend, Dave and I are planning to pull out some of that cedar I got for Christmas, and make two 8 ft x 4 ft beds. Let's see that pretty much quadruples my space, right? Yeah, that'll work.
One of the beds will be a foot deep so that I can do root crops like carrots and potatoes. The other will just be the 6" deep (like the one I have now) for the rest of the plants like bush beans, cucumber, tomatoes, spaghetti squash, and bell peppers. I can hardly wait to watch them grow...
Once, I would have told you that gardening was one of those things I could never do and yet here I am, about to quadruple my growing area, ripping up my lawn to feed my family. I can't even begin to describe how fulfilling it is to be growing some of our own food - slipping into the backyard to pick an onion, a little spinach, or a humongous cabbage for lunch; digging into the beautiful soil with my bare hands, watching my harvest from seed to my table. In that tiny little bed, I've found both peace and nourishment. That's my kinda therapy!