This fall, I decided to try my hand at growing things during the winter months. Our night time temperatures can dip into the teens and 20s, but daytime usually is above freezing during the winter months.
Here is what our garden area looked like the day we moved in, during the last week in June 2012. Those bushes on the right had thorns and the corner to the left was covered with virginia creeper. And the green you see was full of prickers and thorny weeds that needed to be mown, then sprayed, then reseeded with grass. To some this could look like a pretty overwhelming situation – to me this was a blank canvas for my creativity to run wild.
I started my garden by digging long trenches and filling the bottom with compost. Then I sat on the edge and hand full by hand full, sifted through the dirt to take out any rocks or chunks of grass. A long and tedious process, but I knew our garden would thank me later!
The following spring, we installed a fence to keep our livestock at bay. You can see the rows I had turned over to remove rocks (you wouldn’t believe how well Texas soil grows rocks!) and created a labyrinth of soaker hoses for irrigation. – March 2013.
Which brings us to the present. January 2016.
The Radishes I planted in November are mature.
Dark green crunchy spinach leaves.
Ruffled leaf lettuce
I found the plastic tunnels on Amazon and so far they are holding up well – even in the high winds. The wires are sewn into the plastic have a nice bend you can push into the ground with your toe. Here is a direct link: Easy Garden Tunnel (and no it is not an affiliate link 🙂 )
Here is another great image from the Amazon listing.
We’ll see how easy they fold up for summer for storage!
Speaking of, I’m pretty excited to start those early spring plants under them a few weeks! Another point to share too, is I haven’t irrigated since November. The transpiration moisture is captured by the plastic – and the small bit of precipitation we’ve had so far this winter was captured by the mulched fall leaves in the walkways.
Do you have a winter garden where you live?
What are some things that have worked for you?