WINTER DID NOT FORGET OUR GARDEN THIS YEAR!

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 26-01-2014

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A GARDEN AT REST

A GARDEN AT REST

I guess I can stop bragging about our winters without a frost.  I have heard from many or our subscribers in the Northeast and Central Plains states complaining of their hard freezes and snow cover and asking about our citrus.  I know they will not commiserate with me about our winter weather here but it is still hard to go out and look at the garden in its present state.  I was out cutting back and trimming many of the freeze damaged plants today and was reminded that Spring is just around the corner by the spring calls of the Northern  Cardinals,   Mourning Dove and Red-tailed Hawk.  I also watched a Bald Eagle fly over (these birds are already nesting in the ACE Basin across the Coosaw River from the house.  We have a rare forecast for snow next week but it will probably be a mix of snow and ice.  At any rate,  Spring will get here at some point and the garden will come alive.

We had a 48 hour period of below freezing temperatures going to 18 degrees.  We also had several evenings where it dipped into the high twenties.  We are promised several more “clippers” that will take the temperature below freezing before things start to warm up.  The wind has been very strong during several of these fronts reaching into the 50 to 60  mph range  in several of them.  I know this is nothing to those of you who live in the northern half of the country but it is cold for coastal South Carolina.

My grandson, Keegan, helped me pick up several hundred citrus fruit that had fallen off the trees.  They are still good but once off the tree, citrus spoils quickly so I will be squeezing a lot of juice.

MYER'S LEMON

MYER’S LEMON

 

 

TANGERINE

TANGERINE

While we were out in the garden, we created Skyler Morrison as a companion for Jack Dexter who has lived in our garden alone for several years.  They are separated by about 20 feet but their branches move together when the wind blows and Keegan swears he saw Jack’s eyes lift up when the wind blew…  Anyway, our garden now has two guardians to watch over it.

SKYLER MORRISON

SKYLER MORRISON

 

JACK DEXTER

JACK DEXTER

I did plant a couple dozen Jerusalem Artichokes at the edge of the garden to re-establish a planting after the gophers dined on our previous planting.  I am warned that once established the Artichoke will spread and populate a garden much like our spearmint has but I don’t think I will have to worry about that.

 

ARTICHOKE PLANTING

ARTICHOKE PLANTING

I still have to build the 4 new raised beds to finish our garden improvement project – just too cold – and clip back the blackberry bushes before they sprout.

 

BLACKBERRY CANES

 

THIRD HIVE (NEWEST SPLIT) IN A WARM SUNLIGHT

THIRD HIVE (NEWEST SPLIT) IN A WARM SUNLIGHT

 

HIVES ONE AND TWO IN A SHADED LOCATION

HIVES ONE AND TWO IN A SHADED LOCATION

 

All three of our hives are active gathering nectar and pollen (although I have no idea where they are finding it).  The number three hive is in a warmer location and the bees are really active while the other two are doing ok but will do better (even than the number three hive) once the summer heat arrives.  Notice that all the feeding jars are empty.  We should have a good honey flow this spring as the hives are strong and getting ready.

 

LAST WEEK

LAST WEEK

 

THIS WEEK

THIS WEEK

 

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES!

 

 

Comments (4)

In New Orleans, we have maybe 3 days where the low was mid-20s and high in the barely 340s, so we have lots of cold damage too. Have been clearing out……this is in a way good, as my garden grows tooooo much. We’re one block from the Mississippi and have centuries of alluvial soil piled where we live…….things grow fast.
Looking forward to spring…. We may have lost perennials, but most will come back from the roots.

Will the citrus come back in the spring?

HI TOMMY:

THE CITRUS HAS RECOVERED (ALL BUT TWO TREES) BUT I WILL GET NO FRUIT THIS YEAR.

GORDON

HI TOMMY:

THE TREES HAVE COME BACK WITH GOOD GROWTH BUT I DID MISS THE BLOOM SO AM GETTING NO FRUIT NOW. I HOPE OUR WINTER IS KINDER THIS YEAR AND THAT I WILL HAVE A STRONG BLOOM IN THE SPRING AS WE MISS THE FRUIT. TO GO FROM TWO BUSHELS PER TREE (11 TREES) TO NOTHING IS DIFFICULT. THE SUMMER GARDEN IS FINISHED AND WE ARE PUTTING IN THE FALL GARDEN. I NEED TO DO ANOTHER GARDEN BLOG BUT I AM BUSY BUILDING A BARN FOR GLENDA AND HER TWO NEW HORSES.

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