We’ve done a light amount of winter gardening this year. Shown above are carrots and beets that were seeded last June and left in the ground until now. We’ve been selectively harvesting since summer, and decided to perform a clean out this weekend, making room for spring peas. The beets and carrots kept perfectly in the soil over winter. We had a beet salad tonight and there was no compromise in flavor or texture. All seeds are heirloom varieties, but I can’t remember exactly what they are.
Shown here is a patch of very poor soil in a low spot on our property. We are giving it a shot at improvement with these nitrogen fixing fava beans over winter. These plants are doing far better than I would have guessed, and we are now looking forward to a nice crop of delicious beans in a few months.
Our hen-count is currently 3. All very sweet bantams that are easy on the yard. One is a buff cochin (far), one a rhode island red (middle) and one mutt (left). We are averaging almost one egg per day.
We are really enjoying our bean and grain CSA, brought to us by Lonesome Whistle Farm. Look for a post about that one of these days.