It’s time for a winter garden update!
First off, my herbs (rosemary and thyme) are doing beautifully. We have been getting a ton of rain lately, which has helped them really flourish the past couple of months. I am in love with my rosemary bush because it weeps beautifully over the side of my garden plot and the thyme plant is really coming along well after being stunted last summer by my giant tomato plants.
I try to use fresh rosemary and thyme as many recipes as possible because I take such pride in knowing I grew the herbs I’m eating from teeny tiny plants.
No complaints from me about the herbs!
My brussels sprouts are another story 🙁
If you remember from my last update, I had one plant that was doing fantastic and another one that was a slow to grow because a little pest was eating its leaves. Well, before we left for Texas, my gorgeous plant had some cabbage aphids on it. Since I don’t like to use any sort of spray on them, I grabbed my hose and pretty much power-hosed the aphids away. While we were away, my plant got completely swarmed by a giant colony of aphids and had to go away. I was so sad, but there was honestly no going back from this infestation.
I was a little weary about my remaining sprouts plant because it hadn’t been growing much, but as you can see from the picture below, it’s starting to really take off and there is not one aphid to be seen on it! I’m really hoping this one goes all the way and I have home-grown brussels sprouts soon!
My pepper plants also went away within the last month. I really wanted to plant broccoli in their place, but my local nursery only had flats of broccoli available. Since they grow to be gigantic plants, I just didn’t have the space to plant that many. I wasn’t totally enthused with anything else I saw/had room for, so I picked up a couple flats of strawberry plants and added them to my plot. I was expecting to add berries to my garden so early in the year, but since we have mild weather all year-round, they’ll still do really well.
I still have a decent amount of open space in the center of my plot, so I may try and plant something else right now or may just wait until the spring.
Stay tuned for new garden additions!
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