Saturday, January 28, 2012

Growing in the Garden Now

Obviously in January, there isn't much that will grow. This winter has been very mild thus far, but very wet. I'm still harvesting plenty of collard greens, kale, and rosemary. The daffodils have started to come up, and the hyacinths started coming up and blooming in early December. My hyacinths are in a pot, so I brought them inside to save them from the coming cold.

Next month, I will start some pepper seeds inside, and possibly some tomatoes as well. I may end up buying transplants in the spring though, if things go how they did last year when nearly all my seedlings died shortly before or after transplanting them. Depending on how to weather is looking, I may also plant some stuff outside late next month.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Welcome to this garden of mine

I started gardening two years ago, mostly wanting to grow some vegetables for my guinea pigs, birds, and bearded dragon. The first year, I planted only in containers. Last year, I built a raised bed and grew more plants. This year, I plan to expand my raised bed and grow more vegetables.

My garden is located in a suburb just south of Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, my garden includes 13 containers, a 4' x 2 1/2' raised bed (totally approximating that), and a mini greenhouse. Last year I grew a variety of peppers, collards, kale, cabbage, lettuce, rosemary, basil, sweet potatoes, arugula, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and various flowers. The collards, kale, rosemary, basil, arugula, and sweet potatoes were all big successes. The peppers and tomatoes would've been more successful if the season had lasted a few weeks longer. The Swiss chard and cabbage barely grew at all--our summer was too wet. I'm hoping 2012 will bring me a bigger harvest.