Solstice greetings of increasing Light to everyone!
Whew! November and December have flown so fast! Some well-meaning friends are already asking if I have ideas for next season. No, not yet; it is really the season of rest right now, for both humans and plants, and soil.
Although I do think it is time to consider a cold frame of sorts to help weather some lettuce and spinach a bit longer. If California starts to have climate trends tending to flooding (or interspersed with droughts), produce prices will skyrocket. Fortunately our local producers are doing well, given their newer methods of winter gardening, but demand sometimes exceeds the supply in our locally-supplied markets.
The older kale plants are looking a little wobbly from wind and soaking rains a couple of weeks ago. Some of us will probably pick off one plant at a time and pull it out when used up. The crop planted in fall is surviving very well, as is the chard, but they are both small. Older chard seems to have survived the cold frosts of earlier December, but is in a “holding” pattern, not looking particularly anxious to grow! Who would, on the shortest day of the year?
But now, the life-stimulating energy of the sun starts to expand just a little more each day, though our coldest days have yet to come.
Happy holidays! I’m hoping that some magical elf will bless me with the gift of a hori-hori knife (Japanese multi-functional gardening tool, meaning did-dig).