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Always Something to do in the Garden

by Leo Windham on January 7, 2013

Leo and his tiller

 

I was so glad to see the sun pop out this past Friday here in South Carolina so that I could get some things done in the garden.

cabbage grown in raised bedsWe’re fortunate here in the South to be able to grow certain vegetables year round. We still have fresh cabbage growing in the raised beds.

broccoli grown in raised beds

These broccoli plants are still producing.

broccoli growing in the garden

I remember when President George H. W. Bush casually mentioned that broccoli was his favorite vegetable, and the next day a truckload of broccoli was delivered at the White House by American farmers. Maybe you remember Dana Carvey chopping broccoli on Saturday Night Live! But I digress…back to the garden.winter weeds in the gardenIt’s amazing how fast these winter weeds pop up.

garden tiller

It’s important that I turn the weeds under before they start producing seeds.

tilled soil

So I took care of that!

yellow jessamine growing on the garden arbor

It’s really nice to spot just a hint of spring on these yellow jessamine vines growing on the arbor. If you remember, Jane and I put this garden arbor up last spring and look how the vines have covered it in less than a year.

leaves in garden

In another area of the garden, I spread leaves from our yard. It’s a great way to add organic matter to the soil. They’ve been sitting there for about a month, decomposing.  So while I had the tiller out, I turned them under, too.

radishes in the garden

It’s also time to tidy up a bit, so I pulled up these overgrown radish plants.

overgrown radishes

And I DO mean overgrown!

compost bins

I put the radish plants into one of my two homemade compost bins. These compost bins provide fantastic, natural fertilizer.

irrigation pipesBelieve it or not, it will be time to use these irrigation pipes before you know it. Traditionally, we plant potatoes around Valentine’s Day.

tilled soilI’ll be ready. My garden will be ready, and I’ll make sure the soil is prepared. Today I gathered samples of the soil to be sent off and analyzed. If you are just starting a garden, I highly recommend that you have your soil tested.  You can get a soil testing kit from your cooperative extension county office. The results will tell you exactly what to add to your soil to produce an abundant harvest. A little preparation will pay big dividends.

Juicy and Lucy

Lucy and Juicy enjoyed being in the garden. (Yeah, I know, we’re not overly creative with our pet names!) They think that there is always something to do in the garden, too!

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Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage January 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Maybe you can enter that radish in the guiness book?! I’m cold and looking out my window at bare branches! I need a trip down south stat!
Kelly

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kim January 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm

How nice to get out and garden in the winter. We need our soil tested in our yard since our grass started doing poorly a couple of years ago and we have more weeds than ever. That is one huge radish. Love the pet names.

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Lavender Dreams January 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

It’s nice to live in a place that you can garden year round. We sure see some nice gardens of greens here in Florida! Enjoy your week!

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vickie January 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I am getting the gardening fever too.Broccoli,cabbage, celery and brussell sprouts growing now. Will plant english peas soon.

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Pam January 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm

It looks great! We’re buried in a foot of snow, so very jealous of your weather!
Pam

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michelle January 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I like the names. My garden is still a sleep. But I planning this spring planting out. We are enlarging the side garden spot. I just have to decide how big.

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Dawn January 8, 2013 at 6:54 am

Leo, I love your garden. We have snow on the ground here so no gardening ideas till June. I can’t believe how huge those radishes got. I will have to do like you and send in a soil sample. Seems like such an easy thing to do, and if I get results like you it is worth it. I have the same rototiller as you too. It’s so easy to operate. I enjoyed looking around your gardens again:)

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Barbara F. January 8, 2013 at 7:25 am

Off to a good start with the garden. I didn’t know you had a cat named Juicy! xo

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Jane Windham January 8, 2013 at 7:33 am

Hi Barbara,
Juicy is technically my mother’s cat, but we claim her, too!

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MariaElena January 8, 2013 at 8:01 am

Your garden is looking wonderful! Love the yellow jessamine vines growing on the arbor, So pretty!

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Donnamae January 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

My gardening days are about five months out! Great to see your pics….almost makes me want to move! ;)

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Shirley January 8, 2013 at 11:35 am

Tienen un jardín hermoso, yo podría pasar varios días en ese jardín. La enredadera de jasmín amarillo es mi favorita, felicidades por tantas bendiciones en su jardín. Bezos

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Missy January 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Where do you keep all your gardening stuff? Maybe I missed a post about that? I’d like to see how it is organized or shoved into a shed. lol

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Keeping It Cozy January 9, 2013 at 7:15 am

I am such a novice gardener that I find your gardening posts so inspiring and interesting. Look at all the broccoli! Wow. We have some warm days in the forecast for this weekend… I may have to get some prep work done!

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Anita January 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I absolutely adore your garden.

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Jean Windham January 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I love the garden tour and all the preparation being done. The arbor creates a nice focal point in the garden and the Carolina Jessamine is about to completely cover it. Boy it grows fast doesn’t it. The garden has certainly taken own a life that we all can enjoy sharing with you and Jane. Thanks Jean

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Melissa Kelly January 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

Leo, I lOVE your garden…I live in South Carolina also, Blythewood. And I just recently found out that I can leave my collards and cabbages in the ground til I’m ready for them. Cabbage seems a bit tough though…wondering if the dramatic changes in temperatures have anything to do with that. I’m so proud of your yard, I think it is spectacular. My hubby and i are also diyers, but never so wonderful as you guys. I am disabled, but have not been able to get my garden into raised beds yet, looks like I would need an awful lot of soil hauled in. Soooo liking your garden. Good luck with the weather this year…we’ll all need it!

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Leo Windham January 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

Hi Melissa,

Thank you for the kind comments on the blog. I hope you have a good growing season.
There is a girl in Charleston that is disabled and she has constructed raised beds that are higher off the ground. She can actually work the beds from a wheel chair. Just a thought.
Happy gardening.
Here’s her web site.
http://accesstothegarden.blogspot.com/

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Shanno@A Cozy Place Called Home January 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I enjoy seeing your garden and the preparations for another growing season. It has been unusually warm here for several days which makes me want to get started growing things. It will be quite a while before that can actually be a reality. Hope you and Jane have a great Sunday! Shannon

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Grace @ sense and simplicity January 12, 2013 at 10:38 pm

It seems amazing to me that you can grow things all winter and start your potatoes in February. I live near Toronto, Canada and we can’t plant anything until May without risking frost damage. Right now there isn’t anything growing in the garden.

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Stacey January 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

Leo, your garden is huge!! How wonderful that you’ll have all of that to enjoy and eat. I love working outside so much. It’s one of the greatest pleasures in life to me. Lucy and Juicy think so too. :)

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