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).
Yule-tide resting time....Where's Aspen?
A wonderful upgrade to the community garden has been successfully implemented! The bed now has sturdy edges and boundaries. So nice to have a project completed in winter…
This gave us incentive to have an informal meeting to cruise through last year’s bounty results and give some rough “thumbs up/down” to various veggies.
There are more “fun” tasks ahead: hauling in more soil to bring the bed up to level; turn over leaf mulch; and start considering a new layout
before we get too involved with what we’ll plant.
A mystery pile under the tarp becomes......
An upgraded community garden bed!
How do I know this? Because he’s already here, but not allowed out until he grows a lot more.
Introducing….Mr. Aspen, a sweet tabby manx. Now aged 18 weeks, he is my “Solstice kitten.”
Mr. Aspen-first day at home-Dec-20-2009; age 12 weeks
He was very small for his age when I adopted him, and it has been a rough month getting him sorted through various plagues that shelter kittens often encounter, but he seems to be fairly stable now, and actively growing. Keeping fingers crossed on his improved digestion.
He and Juniper were actively playing after only a relatively short two weeks of attitude adjustment. Not remembering her own kittenhood, Juniper was perplexed what do around such a wee thing, and had to learn to teach him some manners. But, all seems sorted for now, with her Princess status still intact.
Although a playful little fellow, Aspen is not nearly as spunky or feisty as Juniper was at his age, which is just as well. Of course, he has his moments.
For starts, Juniper feels safer at playing when behind the safety of glass.