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Still Winter

February 3, 2013

Yes, it is still winter here in north Georgia.

It was in the lower 20s the night before last, then sleet and cold rain arrived and sputtered on us for the entire grey cold day. We decided a big batch of grits and greens would be right for the evening meal, so late in the morning I wandered out to the hoop house to cut a batch.

The sun hadn’t shined at all and the outside temp was in the mid 30s, but the inside of the hoop house was a quite humid 45+. I’m still amazed by how well this works: a simple pvc pipe & plastic “tent” with with a couple of 55 gallon barrels of water for a heat sink.
Before I cut any greens I noticed that the 3 or 4 remaining bok choy plants were doing well. These were the runts in a crowded corner of a bed; I divided and replanted them with a little more space between them a month or so ago and forgot about them. Given a little room to breath (and absorb more sun over the short days), these were thriving again.

So a spicy stir-fry replaced greens on the evening menu.

No, this isn’t a ground breaking or particularly clever post, but I figured I’d remind you gardeners out there that even a winter garden can be quite productive with a little planning.

Agreed?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2013 10:08 pm

    You temps didn’t sound all that different to mine until I remind myself that you’re using Farenheit and I’m using Celsius. Oops 🙂 Yeah, I see why you need some sort of greenhouse

    • February 3, 2013 11:05 pm

      Ha.

      You and your Celsius heatwaves down there.

  2. mawingram@comcast.net permalink
    February 3, 2013 10:12 pm

    Bruce,

    I’m impressed. Your garden is beautiful.

    Margaret

    • February 3, 2013 11:07 pm

      You will have to come by sometime this spring when things are greening up, for what Patty has declared “the long boring tour”.

  3. Haynes permalink
    February 3, 2013 11:11 pm

    I want a tour- dammit!!!

    • February 3, 2013 11:20 pm

      Well then drag yourself up here this spring and you’ll get the LBT too

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