As the first winter storm covers our tiny backyard with a white blanket, I start thinking when we will be able to eat from our garden again. We built 2 raised beds this spring so I am hoping to start planting greens and some peas as soon as the temperatures allow. We had a good season this year. Late October we harvested the last of our tomatoes, sweet peppers, and tomatillos. We never had as many tomatoes as this year with many even ripening on the vine (a feat in St. John’s). However, our first time growing sweet peppers and tomatillos only yielded 3 tiny green peppers and 2 tomatillos. I will try the tomatillos again next year but will use row covers instead of letting the plants to the mercy of the cold winds that blow here even in the summer. A friend gave us Jerusalem artichokes tubers that I planted in a medium-sized pot late spring. We picked them in November and while we had enough to roast them a couple of times, they were pretty small in size. A bigger container is something to keep in mind next year. During the last week of November we were still picking kale for smoothies and kale chips but now the harvest is likely over until early spring.
We also planted garlic this fall. Some of the bulbs came from garlic grown by my friend Jenn and the others purchased at the Bonavista Social Club. I am curious to see the 2 different varieties grow. This also means that we have one of our 2 raised bed solely dedicated to garlic and so we likely will not be planting any tomatoes next season. This will be the first time I will not be growing tomatoes since I started my gardening endeavors and the decision did not came lightly. Truth be told, at home we eat much more garlic than tomatoes and growing tomatoes without a greenhouse is not easy in these parts of the globe (which is part of the fun, though). I am sure I will be sulking over it next spring but it will be quickly forgotten once tasty garlic scapes start emerging from the soil.
Depending what you are planning to grow, seed starting season is just a few months away and I am already doing lots of reading in preparation for my next big gardening project for 2014: a medicinal herb garden. Any tips? Any new garden related plans for 2014?