Friday, February 10, 2012

When February Isn't Quite Winter

We've had a warm winter in the San Francisco Bay Area - not unlike much of the rest of the country.  With little rain and abundant sunshine, I'm not sure what to do with the garden.  Dare I pull out the tomato seeds?  Should I even bother throwing down some winter green seeds for a spring crop or will they go to seed as soon as they grow?

I've been preparing beds and pulling weeds and basically soaking up the sunshine.  I've even let the hens out for a stroll as there isn't much damage they can do to the garden in its current state.

After weeks of deliberating what to do with the greenhouse - thank you for all the advice! - I've made some progress.  We put in a gravel base and irrigation.  I dragged empty pots from all over our lot and collected seed starting supplies through a "wanted" post on Freecycle.  Right now, I have lettuce, leeks, collards and chamomile sprouting in there.  

Last month, throwing caution - or at least seeds - to the wind, I tucked in radish and carrot seeds.  The radishes have sprouted but I suppose, despite all the sun, it isn't warm enough for them to do much else yet.  That said the bok choy and greens have bolted and borage is going strong.

Comfrey is doing the green mulch thing under the apple tree and behind it, fava beans coat what will be next summer's pumpkin patch.

Just poking my head through the flowers to check in and see what the rest of the world is planting right now.  I'm linking to Homestead Barn Hop, Friday Photo Blog Hop, and FarmGirl Friday.


Your Gardening Friend said...

Your greenhouse is LOVELY. What a wonderful thing for a gardener to have. Maybe some day I'll invest in one.

Indiana has been warm too (mid-upper 50's just a week ago), but... we got snow yesterday. :) I'm sooo ready for spring!

(I'm gonna share a link to your post out on my Facebook page.)

Clint Baker said...

I really enjoy your blog and all the great ideas. Thanks for taking out your time!

Robj98168 said...

LOL bok choy always bolts. Stupid Bok Choy.

We have had a warm winter here too, (if you don't sount the week of snow)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love, love, love your greenhouse. I really really really want one too :)

I know it's so warm already and things are blooming. I don't know if I should chance it or not. Technically our last date of frost is in April.

Green Bean said...

@Gardening Friend - Thank you for the share. I hemmed and hawed for years about a greenhouse until my husband bought this for me as a surprise. I love it!

@Clint - Thank you for taking the time to comment! :)

@Rob - Stupid bok choy! I knew I should have eaten more of it before.

@Manuela - Go for it!! Every time I look at the extended forecast, its all suns!

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Oh how I wish for a greenhouse of my own! You lucky girl :)

I'm not sure what the growing conditions in San Fran are like but they must be more than a tad warmer than the Isle of Man. Traditionally we start our tomato seeds in February indoors or in a heated propagator in the greenhouse. This is so they have a head start to the year... How and when do you start growing them in your region? And do you have to deal with tomato Blight there?


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