As you would expect, plants thriving now in the garden were initially planted out in the fall. Those crowns of cauliflower and broccoli, or the 3 foot sprouts of snap peas - have been in the ground for a few months now. Now's the time to give those garden beds a fresh helping of compost. And while sSome gardeners will take a few months off until the weather warms - hopefully they'll plant a cover crop of fava beans, buckwheat, clover or hairy vetch as a natural way to return nitrogen to the soil via photosynthesis. In many ways, December is a key month in terms of both growing crops to harvest and in preparing beds for the coming year.
Even in the chaos that can be the holidays, getting out into the garden is always a great way to spend time. Time in the garden lets us connect with other gardeners and neighbors during this ongoing time of "social distancing". Now is a great time to get some seeds into the ground. To give you an idea of some of the types of food currently growing, below are a few images from a walk through the Beresford Park Community Garden this afternoon:
Wishing you all a very safe & happy holiday season. See you next year!