Vegetables and Fruit forum: What's going on in our Winter Vegetable Gardens?

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Dec 21, 2014 10:53 AM CST
Winter is officially here. At least by the Calendar. It has been winter here according to the temperatures for quite some time though. Nothing is growing. Of course this is a good time to look forward to spring and plan for our gardens.

Come join us. I know this is a slow time of year but if nothing else we can plan and dream of warmer days.
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drdawg
Dec 21, 2014 10:57 AM CST
My garlic appears to be doing well. I can never grow nearly enough to provide all those who want to purchase it in May/June.

I have ten packets of vegetable seeds, obtained from MIgardener, and I will begin germinating those seeds after the first of the year. Those plug trays will be in my "Everything Else" greenhouse.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Dec 21, 2014 10:59 AM CST
The only way I would be gardening in the winter is if I had a greenhouse. But of course I don't have one and no room for one either.
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Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 21, 2014 11:10 AM CST
Ouch!
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Dec 21, 2014 12:19 PM CST
Here in tx, we are able to grow some veggies. I have chard, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, radishes, beets, collards, potatoes, and onions. They grow very slowly, but im able to have either a salad or some cooked mixed greens each day. I think its worth it. I have a small 20x40' garden, so its not overwhelming.
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Dec 21, 2014 12:53 PM CST
Not bad for opening day. some fall crops are getting a bit ragged, but winter crops doing fine.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Dec 21, 2014 2:43 PM CST
LOL, Farmerdill -- you winter crops look an awful like my summer crops !!

Rita, it's not that bad to take a little break anyway, at least in my opinion -- it gives us time to read seed catalogs and plan the next garden! (and in my case, to do some house cleaning that I didn't do all summer... *Blush* )
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 21, 2014 5:42 PM CST
Speaking of seed catalogs, I got my first one yesterday.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Dec 21, 2014 6:50 PM CST
What one was it, Tom? (I've gotten quite a few already -- they seem to start coming in earlier every year!)
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 22, 2014 9:27 AM CST
This one is from Jungs, a Wisconsin based company.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Dec 22, 2014 8:58 PM CST
Yep, I have theirs already too... and just got a catalog from Johnny's Selected Seeds today.

We are having such mild weather this month -- relatively speaking, anyway, like mid-30s. A good bit of our snow has melted, and it actually looks like the grass is greening up in spots Blinking Just another weird weather pattern... and I far prefer this to the way last winter started out. Anytime we get to New Year's without the temps being too bitter cold and not too much snow on the ground is a good winter, in my book! Smiling
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Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Dec 22, 2014 9:04 PM CST
I always heard the UP was bitter bitter cold. Kind of like us. We also are having a very mild winter thus far. Staying in the mid 20's at least. Snows a little just to keep the ground looking clean and crisp.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Dec 22, 2014 9:15 PM CST
LOL -- our ground is looking more wet and soggy at the moment... the area I'm in is pretty low-lying, the ditches have a lot of water in them right now and quite a few people on our road have a lot of standing water in their yards. With all the rain this past year the water table is pretty high right now. But, I'm in the southern UP, which sounds like a bit of an oxymoron but there is really a huge difference between here and the "real" up north, which I think of as the area along Lake Superior. They got buried in snow early on and I imagine it's pretty much still there. Amazing how much difference 60 or 70 miles can make!
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Dec 23, 2014 9:04 AM CST
I tested the ph of my soil today, and its finally 6.5 average. Ive been working at getting it down from 8.0.
Hurray!
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Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Dec 23, 2014 10:37 AM CST
Congrats. I bought a fancy pH reader and will try it around the yard in the spring. I have incorporated such different amendments in different places or in different increments that who knows what the differences are.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Dec 23, 2014 1:21 PM CST
texaskitty111 said:I tested the ph of my soil today, and its finally 6.5 average. Ive been working at getting it down from 8.0.
Hurray!


What do you use to acidify your soil? Horticultural sulfur? An acid-leaning mulch?
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Dec 23, 2014 2:21 PM CST
Ive used both
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Dec 23, 2014 4:47 PM CST
Thanks.
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Dec 25, 2014 9:59 AM CST
Christmas Day in the morning - Amazing.

Only white here this Christmas.
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Merry Christmas and happy New Year

Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Dec 25, 2014 10:43 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Wish I could say the same. Nah. I love snow, be it 1" or 12' deep. Merry Christmas morning to you and all. Had to get bread made and to rising earlier.
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