I don’t mean to brag, but man I love our California winter growing season. Southern California in December, January, and February, is a lot like many other parts of the country in early to mid autumn, I think. Temperatures reach the high 50s and into the 60s during the days, and drop to the low 40s, even the high 30s, but *rarely* hitting freezing, through the night. And it stays like that until things begin warming up in spring. We have intermittent showers, rarer in recent years with the drought, but pretty dang consistently so far this year, which is AWESOME. We’ve had weekly, even bi-weekly, downpours for over a month. And my garden is loving it!
So needless to say, the growing season is year-round here, and gardening in winter is a special kind of fun. It’s the time of year we get to grow all the yummy cool-weather crops that would otherwise wilt or bolt in the warm, waterless weather we experience for the entire rest of the year. Crucifers! Root veggies! Broccolis and cauliflowers and cabbages, oh my!
I love it, and even though the last quarter of grad school had me completely 100% neglecting my entire yard (hello, weed overgrowth from hell!), I did manage to get a good crop into the ground before the end of summer, and somehow this rain has kept things growing with my absolutely minimal involvement. It’s actually kind of amazing. I ignored it for 10 weeks, and now suddenly all these delicious foods are popping up every other day. Wahoo!
And that’s about it for my garden these days. But, now is the fun part of plotting and planning for springtime! I’ve been poring over the Rare Seed Catalogue from Baker Creek, and I can hardly help myself from ordering one of everything!
Tell me friends, what have you been growing? Or if it’s too cold where you are right nw, what are you planning for spring?