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The garden is doing amazingly well for January. We have a much better row cover system than previous years so we aren't taking as many setbacks with hard freezes. Here you can see the hoops and the folded up covers besides the rows. It's very easy to put on and off - the covers have PVC pipe running through them and just slide up over the hoops.

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Willa is standing in front of a row of collards, there's beets, turnips, kale, fava beans, radishes and broccoli further back. Speaking of broccoli, we've had a great crop this year and still have plants producing. YUM!

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There's also lots of lettuce and alliums (onions, shallots and garlic).

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We even have a few flowers! This is a red calendula (and the flower is edible!).

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About a quarter of the garden is planted in cover crops. We had a really bad nematode invasion this summer and winter rye supposedly helps, so we've got that planted in any row that doesn't have a food crop.

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Thank you for the pictures! I'm constantly amazed at how many picture you post. It's wonderful!

I love your cover system. It looks as if just two people can easily cover a row in a hurry, so the crops are safe. I do remember your descriptions of wild rushes in the middle of the night. This looks much better.

I didn't know broccoli has such large leaves! It makes sense, they are part of the cabbage family, I just have never seen it. And they look really healthy!

I only know calendula from salves, they are good for smooth skin and healing little nicks and cuts. Have you ever tried that?

(Not a salad person, so I'm ignoring them. emoticon )

I hope the winter rye will help. Is there anything you can do with it when you need the beds, or will you just dig it under? Maybe you can mow it and give it to the goats?

At any rate it's great to be part of the homestead like that. Many thanks!

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Firlefanz wrote:

Thank you for the pictures! I'm constantly amazed at how many picture you post. It's wonderful!



I love ogling pictures of other people's places so I try to return the favor by being prolific with my pictures! I know it can be hard on dial up users but I try to keep the pictures small.

Plus, now with the iPhone it's so easy. I have a camera in my pocket at all times and I just click a button and it's uploaded to my photobucket account. Much easier than me "real" camera (which still takes better pictures but for web presentation, the iphone is great!).


I hope the winter rye will help. Is there anything you can do with it when you need the beds, or will you just dig it under? Maybe you can mow it and give it to the goats?



I'm so tempted to feed it to the goats - they would love it. But part of the process of planting winter rye is to till it in since it's such a rich green manure. I'm trying to get over the sense of "waste" because the soil has to eat too! But it's so much easier to see the goats enjoying it than it is to see the microbes enjoying it!


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What an awesome garden, Texas!! And yes, those covers look like an easy 2 person job! Nice job!!

The winter rye....if it gets tall enough, cut it as high up as you can with a mower/bush hog, feed what's cut to the goats, till the rest under. You get the best of both worlds there! Winter wheat is also a good 'crop' to help nourish your garden areas.

I love all your photos....so thank you for posting them!!! emoticon

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Oh....geez, TM.....now I'm hungry for a nice fresh salad! emoticon

Looks wonderful... emoticon

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