There really are things growing out there!

Although we’ve spent much of our winter so far out of the garden, believe it or not there are still things growing out there. Even I am surprised to see it all when I walk outside. But there they are growing away, slowly, but growing all the same.
This is our first year growing turnips. They are as easy to grow as beets, which they sit right next too, and are a great addition to soups and other roasted delights we make. Plus the leaves, which have a spicy mustard like taste, are great stir fried with garlic.
(beets with carrots and bok choy behind)
Celery root, or celeriac, is also new to our garden. We bought this plant from the Sonoma Garden Park plant sale back in…oh, I think September….
We have more romanesco broccoli growing too.
Earlier in fall, the chard and the chervil were sharing this raised bed in a nice neighborly way. But now it seems like despite it’s delicate looking nature the chervil is taking over and leaving no victims.

What’s growing in your winter garden?


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11 responses to “There really are things growing out there!

  1. Hi, There!

    Must be nice living in CA…I am in TN where not much is growing right now. We had a week of temps around 8 at night and in the 20s during the day, and a lot of the small farmers who are off the grid lost their greenhouse crops.

    I am enjoying your blog and got inspired about the homemade deodorant, lotions, etc. so I ordered some essential oils last week and am ready to get the rest of the supplies to get started!

    Thanks for brightening things up here in TN for me!


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  3. Ahh, attack chervil.
    Things were growing very nicely here down a bit south from you, but now everything is sort of floating away. . . I’m less motivated to get out in it when it’s this wet. I am sure there will be exciting surprises waiting for me when the rain finally stops.

  4. I’ve got pak choi growing…should be picked soon and many heads will be given away. I don’t know if the peas will survive all of the wind/rain/hail we are having. Still a few more carrots and parsnips to harvest soon. My dill and cilantro were looking great before the storms started…not sure now…

  5. Our chickens got most of my greens (which is why we’re working on new bird proofing, I’m OVER “sharing” with animals who lack the concept) so I’m left with beets, parsnips, a few carrots, and the turnips are starting to re-sprout after being completely stripped, and a wee bit of spinach survived as well.

    Your greens look fantastic, you must not have the bird problem we do? If it’s not my chickens it’s the migratory birds! argh!

  6. Greetings from Toronto. I just found your blog a few weeks ago. So great to read a gardening blog. Nothing much growing in our garden right now. It’s all frozen and covered with snow. But we can start digging as soon as the frost is out of the ground which could be anytime in April and perennials will be coming out in March or April too. I have lots of bulbs and some of them start quite early. Then at the end of May we can plant some of the more tender plants and seeds. Can you garden all year round?

    • asonomagarden

      Ha Ha Kimberly! Yes, we have our fair share of weeds too.

      Ellie – We can grow all year round here, which is both a curse and a blessing because you never get to take a growing break without feeling guilty. We do slow down our growing a bit more in winter just because we like a little break.

      Erin – I saw that on your blog! I can’t believe those chickens broke through. Our hens leave our winter and late summer garden alone, it’s spring and early summer that they cause major destruction. Wild birds don’t seem to bother the garden too much either, luckily!

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  8. Oh my! I want turnips and I want them now.

    Not much growing in my snowy garden. A bit of spinach is still hanging on somehow. Garlic shoots just sort of peeking here and there. My cover crop in one bed (that’s right.. just one bed. is it a carefully controlled experiment or laziness?) is going strong. Can’t wait for spring.

  9. During the time I can’t garden I hull and dry seeds that I saved in the Fall. Also, there’s a store in town that sells trim wood. They keep a box of damaged trim by the door that holds free pieces. So now I’m busy writing the names of vegs on them with a marker and covering that with wide see-thru tape to use as row markers when I start planting. I’ve also bought some seeds on eBay and have them organized. Guess I could start Spring cleaning the house.

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