Winter Garden Delights

Saturday, January 30, 2021

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The first month of the year brought an abundant winter garden harvest along with many cold and cozy days to relax inside.  Here in central California the weather is usually mild, so it is possible to grow a culinary garden throughout the winter.  This year, the focus has been on salad greens and citrus which grow and thrive in cooler weather.  The Meyer lemons, blood oranges and limes have been bountiful.

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Creating a cool season garden involves planning what you want to eat as well as how you want to access the garden on cold or rainy days.  Since we like to harvest our salad greens right before they are served I keep several salad bowls filled with Mesclun lettuces on our outdoor table.  These are easy access at dinner time as they are right by the kitchen door and one can step out, snip a handful and go right back to cooking.  They are also cut and come again varieties, which means that when they are harvested, they grow back in a few weeks.  The autumn pomegranates from our tree are being dried for use in arrangements.

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Head lettuce like the ruby romaine shown above is grown in a raised bed.  

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French chervil is easy to grow in pots and can be placed in a windowsill or on a patio.  Here freshly harvested key limes are staying cold on an outdoor shelf until they are used.

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These ruffled pansies were a pleasant surprise as I planted seeds in the fall and they are now blooming! I am happy to see the first signs of spring approaching...

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