I see mud in my future. It’s time to turn my sewing to gardening clothes for both cool and warm weather. I’ve collected a few overall patterns but haven’t compared them yet. I save jobs like that for bedtime reading material.
Tops should be plain, long sleeved, but easy to roll or push up, tees and shirts from cotton, microfiber and technical fleece. Even bandanas will be in order to cover the back of my neck and my hair. Everything must be easy to wash and come out of the dryer with no need for ironing.
So how did the garden fare this past winter here in zone 7a?
Here it is in December 22, 2012 covered with the best floating row covers I could imagine: the fleece stash 🙂 It was light weight and dried quickly when laid across the fencing. Thank You, Stash!
Here it is covered and anchored after a windy, freezing, snowy night January 31, 2013. This was the last time I actually used the fleece row covers
Here it is, March 19, 2013
I learned that unless the temperatures dropped into below 24 or wet heavy snow was in the forecast, I didn’t really need to cover it. It wintered over quite well, as did the weeds. The plants needed no babying after all.
Dutch late cabbages are leafy and the most tasty when sliced up for slaw or sauteed then rolled in philo dough and baked. The heading cabbages taste wonderful too but are better for storage. We haven’t stored any except in the ground.
The Brussels sprouts never grew much before frost and they went rather dormant over the winter but are starting to grow again with the longer days
The carrots and spinach survived covered lightly in hay but uncovered like the cole crops
Even the dead looking broccoli plants gamely has sent out new shoots
Garlic, hard and soft necked varieties, survived with just a light covering of hay
Elephant garlic is putting on new height
Soon, I’ll be clearing and planting for the summer harvests. I have not tried to start my own seeds this year. I just don’t have the space without having to move trays constantly. I’m probably going to regret this decision but sometimes I am just too lazy to do it all. Know what I mean?