So it was 60 degrees today, in mid-February, which is bizarre, but I couldn't help getting out there in my garden for the first time this year. The weather people are predicting a warm Spring here this year and I am eager to really get started.
So this is my garden. It is about 800 square feet.
Those are 6' high metal stakes, with galvanized wire mesh (two layers of 3' mesh). I put that up the first year to keep out the deer. The deer can jump it (they can jump 8 feet or more), but they are both very hesitant to jump into an enclosed space, and they are also very lazy, especially with the abundance of food in the summer. Unfortunately, groundhogs got in last year by digging under the fence and decimated my brassicas, so I had to reinforce it. Chicken wire was added all along the bottom. A 3' roll was used, and about two feet of it is buried just under the ground, bent outwards all along the edge of the garden, and then 1' is spliced with the bottom of the fence. This helps keep groundhogs from digging in and keeps small animals out too. The top is nice and floppy the way it is with the fence posts at 6-8 feet apart on the inside of the garden, and prevents climbers. This type of hardcore fence is a must to have a garden here!!! I got the idea from here. The gate was built by hand with a gate kit and pressure treated lumber hand cut.
So I pulled up all the leftover dead Fall plants, cut the neglected asparagus ferns down, the artichokes (which I will be amazed if they survived even this mild winter -- there were a few brutal lows), pulled a few weeds out of the garlic, and put down plastic sheeting to warm the soil where I will be planting the heat-loving peppers and eggplants, in the sunniest spot I have.
My garlic is looking sad, but no worse than any other wintertime plants in my yard. I have about 70 cloves of Music hardneck garlic I planted in 3 different spots in the Fall, purchased from Big Red Barn. They have not sprouted new growth yet.
I planted artichokes and a super-low-spice habanero Numex Suave Orange (my wife can't eat spicy peppers due to her stomach) 6 days ago, nothing has germinated yet. They are both slow to germinate, and artichokes can be especially fickle. I have them on a shelf above a heater which provides some needed extra heat to get them to germinate.
The onions have sprouted their 2nd true leaf, and the seed leaves have begun yellowing at the tips, which I expect to completely wither away.
About this site
My name is Peter and I am a gardener in the Lower Hudson Valley. This is my third year growing a very large garden, from seed. This is my journal.