For the second year in a row, my winter garden took a hit because of severe weather in October. Last year it was the flood that covered my gardens with a foot of water (The Garden – What Now?). This year it was Hurricane Matthew. While the flooding in my yard was not as severe as last year, it was still enough to wash away fresh planted seedlings. Just like last year, I had to start from scratch a little later in the fall than I would have liked.
My work is just about done, and I have freshly planted cabbage, radishes, turnip, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, lettuce, swiss chard, kale and collard greens growing in the garden. I also have another batch of lettuce and spinach in my cold frame, and I am sure I will be able to find room for them somewhere.
I also cleaned out my herb garden, and replaced the basil, parsley and thyme with lettuce. I have parsley and cilantro seedlings growing in the cold frame, and I will put these in the herb garden when they get a little bigger. My herb garden is raised, so I do not have any flooding problems there. I also raised the garden on my side yard (Building a Taller Garden). That would have saved this garden from Hurricane Matthew. The taller garden was safely above the flood waters, but the garden was squashed by a couple of downed pine trees. I am not really sure there is anything I can do to protect the garden from that.
The tomatoes that I planted back in August (Planting Fall Tomatoes) are finally producing fruit! This was another area where I had losses due to the hurricane. About half of my tomato plants blew over and drowned in the flood water.
The final part of my winter garden went in today. I planted garlic… it should sprout fairly quickly, then will be ready to pick in the spring. If you are considering a winter garden, the easiest thing you can grow is garlic. Just go to the supermarket and buy some garlic. Break the head apart into individual cloves and plant them. Leave them alone until the green stalks fall over in April, then dig them up. Easy, easy!