You wouldn’t know it is winter from the weather we have been having. This has been a warm and very dry fall. The snapdragons still have plenty of blooms, although the plum trees have finally lost most of their leaves. We haven’t even gotten a frost yet! Rain has been really lacking. We got a little bit a few weeks ago, but that is it so far. They say we may get some tomorrow. We’ll see. I can’t really complain, because it has been gorgeous for the most part, just a bit unusual.
The greenhouse is very sparse this winter. I just haven’t had the time or energy to take care of things during the week after work. I do have a self-watering planter with arugula planted, along with a few sprouts of “Webb’s Wonderful” lettuce. Arugula seems to thrive here this time of year and it can wait until the weekend to get refilled with water. If you have never tried arugula, you should! It has a nice, peppery taste and is very good in a salad. It definitely doesn’t like hot weather, but it grows wonderfully here in the winter.
I planted some peas (British Wonder) and radishes (French Breakfast) in the greenhouse. It was a cloudy day, but not super cold and working in the greenhouse warmed me up quickly. I had been meaning to do some planting for the last week and a half, so I figured it was time I get to it!
Not much to see at this point, unless you like looking at dirt in containers like I do. I like to imagine what will come forth from these pots of dirt.
I used up my 12 gallons of saved rainwater preparing and planting. They are calling for more storms starting late Friday and lasting through the week, so I expect to refill the buckets. It is somewhat unusual for us to have rain in the forecast for seven days straight, even in December. We shall see.
May 22nd and we didn’t even hit 70 degrees!
The end of May is upon us and it is starting to get hot. But I’m not complaining, because this has been the coolest May I can remember since moving to Arizona in 1993. Normally, it is hot all month, but this year it remained delightfully cool up until this week. And to top it off, we got quite a bit of (gasp) rain! I can only hope that this is a new weather trend.
We harvested our first batch of garlic today. In the fall, we planted some Susanville Garlic, a new variety for us. Usually we grow California white. The garlic grew very well and smells wonderful. I can’t wait to taste it! We have another batch that was planted later and should be ready in a few weeks.
This garlic will be ready in a few weeks.
After pulling the garlic, we are prepping the container for some cucumber seeds. I’m planting a little later than usual this year, so I hope they do ok. We added some compost tea to the soil. They should like that!
Composter and Compost Tea
I really don’t like the summer heat at all, but I think the excellent May we just had will make it a little easier to live with this year.
The wind is howling today, although the temps. aren’t really bad. I think it is about 58 degrees, but the north wind makes it seem a little more chilly. (My apologies to all of you back East who are experiencing real cold!)
So, what is happening in the greenhouse today?
I do look forward to fresh sweet peas in a few months. The greenhouse is a wonderful place.
Some of the saved beauties.
Monday is the first day of Fall and I can’t wait! It is very hot and humid here today, so I am looking forward to the monsoon leaving and temps. beginning to cool. Despite the gross atmosphere, we had to go out and pick pomegranates today. Ripe pomegranates are another sure sign of fall. When Mr. LOTBB looked out the window and saw our friendly neighborhood Mockingbird out there pecking away at the pomegranates, he insisted we go out and pick them right away. Can’t we wait until it cools down a bit, I pleaded? It was about 3 pm., the hottest and stickiest part of the day, but there was no stopping him. The pomegranates must be saved! And they were.
The humidity brings out a lot of bugs. Along with the pesky ones, the beneficials come out too. This guy was a little taken aback when I started getting in his face with my camera!
How DO You Do?
Finally, I saw this oh-so-cute little bundle doing his best to hide behind a bucket. I hope he is okay and that his mother is not far away. He was such a little thing and so sweet. I was afraid of scaring him away, but I managed to get a few shots and then left him in peace.
Can you see me?
We started to move plants into the greenhouse this weekend. There is more to do, but I think as long as we finish by the end of the week, all should be well. It was another beautiful weekend with highs in the mid-upper 70s and lows in the 40s. (11/4/12)
The pomegranates are getting ripe and the air is getting, well, not exactly cool, but cooler. The monsoon took a hike last week and I’m assuming it is gone for this year. While I enjoy the rain and storms, the humidity is oppressive at times. I’m glad to have back our drier Arizona air. We have been able to open windows at night again and it is lovely.