Fall gardening memo to DC area friends.

By: georgevandenberghe, 12:13 PM GMT on August 26, 2014

Sent this to friends. THought it might be of general interest.

Aug 25 at 8:00 PM
Many people start vegetable gardens in spring and are overwhelmed by other commitments, vacations, bugs, heat and drought. Summer gardens require attention several times a week. They also need a lot of sun, often hard to find in densely forested Hyattsville.

But there is a second gardening season with a different set of advantages, Fall/Winter. Winter...


Updated: 1:52 PM GMT on August 26, 2014

the winter carnage

By: georgevandenberghe, 10:35 PM GMT on March 15, 2014

I went out to the rental garden today after a six week absence. I did not expect much to happen but I also expected winter hardy things to survive.

Most didn't.

The brussels sprouts were severely damaged or killed. The damage looks recent suggesting that the coup-de-grace was the warm spell two weeks ago followed by snow and intense (teens) cold. It appears that the plants had lost some hardiness. Brussels sprouts under a winter blanket...

Garden almost beat!

By: georgevandenberghe, 1:35 PM GMT on February 15, 2014

I am remembering with humor and irony the period sixty days ago when I tried to get lettuce and broccoli through the winter. Not this winter!

The previous insult was a nine day period of arctic (well for this mild area!) cold with highs in the 20s and lows in the low teens and lower excursions. Now the Brussels sprouts have been crushed to an unknown degree by a 10 pound/square foot load of snow. I'll wait for the melt to find out how much they were ...

Updated: 1:37 PM GMT on February 15, 2014

Zone 7 conditions finally reappear in zone 7.

By: georgevandenberghe, 11:52 PM GMT on January 23, 2014

My DC suburban home is in USDA hardiness zone 7 (0 - 10F winter minimum). It's been some years since we've reached that but it almost always happened before the 21'st century.

However I have seen several nights that cold this winter and expect several more in the next ten days. I am already seeing more winterkill of marginal plants such as rosemary and "hardy" gardenia than I have seen in many many years here. The last year I remember this much winterkill...

arctic air garden damage, more than thought

By: georgevandenberghe, 2:52 PM GMT on January 20, 2014

I went out to my rental garden for the first time in three weeks. The broccoli in both my backyard and rental garden has been destroyed. Low single digits F with a 60 hour freeze were beyond its tolerance. So that's it till Memorial day for broccoli unless we have another spring like 2012 when I got it May 4.

Brussels sprouts were lightly burned but appear okay and I expect a few decent meals of them between President's day and early April. After that...

Updated: 2:55 PM GMT on January 20, 2014

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