Happy Grow-vember

When you live in a desert, summer gardening is difficult, if not impossible. Honestly, I've pretty much given up on the idea of growing anything here between May and October. It's just, too hot! Happily, when November rolls around, the temperatures start to drop creating perfect conditions for a winter garden.

Most of our backyard is filled with traditional, prickly, desert flora. However, tucked away in a back corner is the 50 square feet of gardening space I dedicate to fresh winter veggies. The area is filled with nutrient rich compost and is bordered with brightly colored glass bottles that are dazzling in the morning sun.

This year, the first plants to go in my garden were snow peas. I have never grown these before, so I'm curious how they will do. Even if they don't produce many peas, I think they'll look nice climbing up the trellises.
The next plants to go in the garden were broccoli and cauliflower. I've had a lot of luck with broccoli the last couple years and I figured cauliflower can't be that much different.

Finally, I added the greens - red and green romaine, butter crunch, speckled red leaf, two kinds of chard and kale. I love growing lettuce because you can continually harvest it throughout the winter. Just pluck a couple leaves off each plant every day or two and they flourish until about March, when they bolts and go to seed.

I'm looking forward to a fresh mixed greens salad to accompany our Thanksgiving dinner. Until then, I'll just enjoy the bright colors around the garden when I water it each morning.

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The Chilly Dog: Happy Grow-vember
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Happy Grow-vember: Now that the temperatures are dropping, it's time to plant a winter garden filled with snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower and lots of leafy lettuce and chard.
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