In an effort to document garden activities month-by-month in my pacific northwest garden I am introducing the category “In the garden right now”. I find lists like this useful in other publications and blogs – as reminders and inspiration to get out there and dig my hands in the soil. So this January, 2011 I have:
- Emailed local apiaries about the possibility of getting bees for 2011.
- Ordered my seed and mushroom plugs.
- Turned the worm compost to make sure everyone is still living, and added a liberal layer of leaf mulch to their habitat in order to continue staving off the cold.
- Pruned my neighbour’s quince tree while it’s in dormancy and can’t really be hurt too much – the branches were taking over our patio.
- Reviewed the garden while the foliage is most died back to plan building onto my garden’s bones as the weather allows.
- Started a new garden journal.
Edible things in the garden this week
- Dead lemongrass is fragrant and good for teas and soups – I need to cut the patch back and bring it inside.
- My rosemary is flourishing right now.
- The kale is sweetened by the frost, even though it looks a mite sad at the moment. Unfortunately every other green was killed by the cold this year.