Throwing in the towel in the fall garden

By: georgevandenberghe , 4:26 PM GMT on December 14, 2013

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I picked my last 1.5 pounds of broccoli for some weeks on 12/9. Most plants are still doing fine except for the heat tolerant variety (first I plant in August) which is pretty much frozen to death. But I won't get more growth in what seems to be a continuing colder than normal weather pattern. Some winters I can keep picking once or twice a month.

This looks like it won't be one of them.

Most likely next new harvest is President's day. The spinach got eaten by deer and the new growth is not yet ready and will from here to late Feb. be stalled by cold, most likely.

Maybe next winter I'll have continuous greens. Now I'll actually have to hit the veggie section of the grocery store.

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1:14 AM GMT on December 27, 2013
I just lost a banana tree due to kerosene... Winter has no remorse...
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1. georgevandenberghe
10:56 PM GMT on December 26, 2013
THe warmth of Dec 19-23 produced a growth surge and I got another two family size servings of broccoli out of it on Christmas Eve as I put the frost covers back on.

A larger unexpected but in hindsight not surprising problem is..
animals.

My broccoli and spinach at home is being attacked by squirrels, maybe groundhogs, and deer. They were not bothered in summer but winter forage is scarce and they have eaten through my protective covers to get at the spinach and broccoli.

Lesson learned. Strong fence at home next year!
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