Winter Vegetable Gardening Attempt

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  1. Dec 6, 2016 #1

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    I was spoiled by the fresh vegetables I grew in my garden this summer.
    So I am trying to grow some over the winter.

    I made 2 poly tunnels. The high tunnel is like an unheated greenhouse. The low tunnel is just a covered bed.
    This is the low tunnel. About 4 foot tall and 32 feet long.
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    I planted a bunch of hardneck garlic and fingerling potatoes.
    The garlic is really going to town and the potatoes are just starting to come up.
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    In the high tunnel I planted lettuce that is doing well. This is heirloom buttercrunch. Each leaf is the size of a hamburger bun. I am able to pick a large colander of lettuce every 3 days. A mole is rampaging through this bed so today I dumped hot chili powder down each hole. That aught to get his attention.
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    This bed has 4 rows of carrots getting started.
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    These were carrots from this summer. Before these I never knew I would crave cooked carrots.
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    There are others such as garlic, onions, celery, chard and some tomatoes in the high tunnel. Not sure if the tomatoes will survive the colder weather though.
     
  2. Dec 6, 2016 #2

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    hey man, that's some cool stuff...hope you keep us updated

    ...and also hope you decide to stay around:)
     
  3. Dec 6, 2016 #3

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    Looks great Mark, we just harvested our garlic, I end up using way more garlic when we have our own.
     
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    Just curious what zone are you in?
     
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    My phone says zone 8b.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2016 #6

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    When the weather started getting too cold and the tomato plants were starting to die back I dug up the stumps of a few of my favorites. I am hoping I will be able to keep them alive over the winter. Left to right they are Persimmon, Berkley Tie Dye and Black Krim.
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    I also rooted cuttings from some of the others. The roma ones probably wont survive the winter but maybe some of the others will.
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    The garlic is about 4 or 5 inches tall
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    and the white fingerling potatoes have come up.
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  7. Dec 7, 2016 #7

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    Color me green (with envy). I'm in zona 5a. Just harvested the last of my dinosaur kale last Friday. Very nice!
     
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    So excited for the garlic.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2016 #9
    Careful bringing the tomatoes indoors for the winter. It's very easy to bring in pests like fungus gnats or whiteflies. They can quickly spread to all your indoor plants. Make sure to inspect anything you bring in doors, especially the underside of the leaves.
     
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    I wish we could do winter gardening here… it's far too cold and snowy though
     
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    Nice work.! 😊
     
  12. Dec 9, 2016 #12

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    It gets pretty cold here as well.
    Looks like the tomato starts might not make it. Got pretty cold and all the starts look poorly.
    But the lettuce, carrots, garlic and onions are still going strong.
     
  13. Dec 9, 2016 #13

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    Mark, build up a mulch pile under the tent. If you've got sun, natural litter and moisture you should be able to generate some heat from it?
     

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