Monday, November 30, 2009

No pictures to show, just comments....

Its the day before December and its been rainy and cold here in Maine. Today is a gray, rainy day once again but temps in the 40s so not bad.
The bad is my gardens are all taking their winter's naps.
I've covered my radishes and red lettuce rows with clear plastic hoping for some harvest, but their growth is at a stand-still for now. I'm thinking 'no more veggies this year' at this time.
My gardens now consist of my indoor plants; the flame violet I'm trying to root in a jar of water, the African violet not in bloom, prayer plant, a couple of ivies, a grassy-type plant, two orchids also not in bloom, and an Orange tree given to me 4 years ago that's never bloomed.
I got myself a plant-grow light this spring to start my garden seeds so that's now doing double duty for the house plants.
We'll see what we shall see. I hope to get something... anything blooming in the near future. I miss my gardens.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Today brings One More Rose....

Surprise! Surprise! Another David Austin rose is starting to blossom. This one is a pretty pink variety, Portmerion. This must surely be the last rose of the season, and I'm enjoying it.

Winter is almost upon us....

Most of my garden beds look like these, asleep for the winter.
But in one corner I have some mini red cabbages still producing.

Here you can see the clover starting to grow. I recently seeded it in the potato patch for green manure in the spring.

Here's some red lettuce growing. It's been over 3 wks since sown and until now I thought they were frozen.

Radishes are sprouting that was also reseeded about 3 wks ago. Our cold nites have been instrumental in slowing the growth a lot. I don't know if I'll get any edible radishes from this lot, but I'm trying.
We've had very cold nites, some at the freezing point. I've covered my beds nites for the really cold times shortly after sowing the seeds. We're expecting a few good days, in the 5os and 60s, so maybe I'll still get something from my garden. One can only hope.
For now I'm busy filling my compost barrel so it can overwinter and hopefully produce some nice compost come spring. That's taking priority in my garden right now....that and replanning my garden for next year. I'm already eager to get the spring catalogs.