Aside from checking on the salad veggies in our greenhouse, there’s not much gardening going on at our place right now. It’ll be another five or six weeks before I get to planting garlic, the first crop I sow each year.
In the meantime, I’ve begun thinking about my rotation plan for this year’s crops, and inspecting the garden beds to see what damage the overly abundant fall rains and recent cold snap might have wrought.
My fall planting of arugula and Oriental greens didn’t survive the boggy soil (my own fault, I should have put up a cloche). And only three of my Swiss chard plants look to have survived death by frostbite.
Nonetheless, when I remember to look beyond the “failures”, I invariably find some sources of inspiration and beauty in the garden, even at this dreary time of the year.