Out In the Winter Garden

containers chard, parsnips

celery/peas winter2013



lemon tree

orange tree

The winter garden is growing ever so slowly. Maybe too slow. We are keeping the snails at bay with freshly crushed and baked eggshells throughout the garden but with the random hot weather and very cold weather that keeps cycling through, I think the plants are confused. We have herbs growing inside and some spring time seedlings as well. I’m excited to get them planted outside but the weather has been so hot. Our lemons are waning but the orange tree seems to be continuously producing. We have so many oranges we have run out of ideas on what to do with them. Do you have any orange recipes? What’s happening in your garden?


4 thoughts on “Out In the Winter Garden

  1. Too cold still for garden, though I need to really get it together and start my seedlings inside. I will be able to plant peas and carrots and lettuce here very soon, though we will still get maybe another dusting of snow or two. Love that you have oranges! I have no idea what I would do with so many! You could maybe make marmalade. There is a wonderful canning book by Ashley English with a lot of offbeat recipes, also beautiful pictures and diagrams (I am not an experienced canner so I need that!)

    • I was thinking of marmalade. I’ve tried my hand at canning several times and even though my heart is in it, I fail every time. But, I will look into it. Maybe Ashley English knows how to guide me through canning a little better than the books I do have. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion! Looking forward to seeing how your seedlings turn out!

  2. Looking good, my dear! You know what’s going on in my garden…..it needs the next chapter.
    Snails can also be kept at bay with crushed Oyster shells…..you can get them at any feed store.

    • crushed oyster shells eh? I mentioned that to my husband (who’s originally from Boston) and he said, okay- let’s go out and get us some oysters for dinner then. 🙂 Thanks for the tip.

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