Our winter garden is in full swing. So far, I’ve been sharing individual posts for each plant I’ve grown – like radishes, and tomatoes – but I also wanted a place to share what’s in the process of growing. For that reason, I’ve created my new monthly garden update. Ta-da! Welcome to the first edition for the month of February!
My intention with sharing these posts is to give other zone 9 gardeners (or want-to-be gardeners) a peek into what’s growing during this time of year. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been gardening for less than a year so I’m no expert. I’m just a busy mom who likes healthy food for free. 🙂 I may not being doing it all right in the garden, but at least I’m doing it – and seeing delicious results!
That being said, here’s what I’ve been growing this month.
Kale, Spinach and Beans
These are the newest additions to my winter garden. I planted the kale, spinach and beans in my raised garden bed in mushroom dirt mixture. Since planting, we’ve had a number of very cold nights, but, luckily the tiny plants have survived with my garden-ninja trick of covering the bed with a fitted sheet.
Believe it or not – I picked up these seeds at the dollar store. And they were priced at four packets for a dollar. Look at all of the produce that my family will be eating for .75 cents! Yes, I’m aware they weren’t labeled organic and they are not of the “heirloom” variety, but sometimes as a busy mom, any homegrown free food is better than no free food. 🙂
Here is a closer look at the baby kale. It’s already getting the signature little kale ruffles. Also, the white powder surrounding the kale is homemade crushed egg shell fertilizer that I’m in the process of testing for a future blog post. Stay tuned.
Below are the bean plants. I’m already starting to worry about the spacing of the plants. I may not have given them enough room. (I’ll learn one of these days not to crowd my plants.) Plus I know that beans grow up, so I need to look into a trellis or support for when they get bigger. But for now, the bean plants have beautiful, healthy green leaves.
The jalapeno plant that I planted for my spicy husband, Ross, is doing well. I say “spicy” because nothing is too hot for Ross. I’ve seen the man eat a quarter-sized chunk of raw wassabi on a spicy sushi roll with jalapenos. I joke that as long as I cut up a fresh jalapeno and sprinkle it on dinner, he will like what I cook!
As you can see, the jalapeno plant is still flowering through the cold weather. So, I will continue to have free flavoring for my husband’s dish.
It still amazes me that that sweet potatoes, and all potatoes for that matter, don’t grow from seeds, but rather sprouts, called slips, from adult potatoes. Instead of growing traditional slips after our first harvest, I took tiny baby sweet potatoes still connected to the underground vine and replanted them. Wouldn’t you know, the sweet potatoes took off again!
My friend warned me that sweet potatoes will grow like weeds, and for me, it seems to be the case.
After 5 months of beautiful mixed greens, the plants bolted. (I just learned that gardening term this week!) Usually I would be excited that my mixed greens sprouted flowers, but I was disappointed to learn that they were about it die. At least, we’ll have spinach and kale for salad!
Our forth and final cauliflower decided to grow a head this month. After being shaded by its bigger brothers, this cauliflower got a chance to thrive and hopefully, we should be enjoying another cauliflower floret within a week or two.
That’s what we’re growing this month as we prepare for the busiest planting season of them all – March!
Do you want to start a garden? Here are some of my simple posts to get you started:
- Egg cartons are a great way to start seeds.
- Radishes and mixed greens are super easy starter crops.
- Here is a tutorial on making simple, affordable raised garden beds.
- If you’re looking for soil, here is my review of mushroom dirt.
- Here’s a review of my first garden ever.
What did you grow in February?