Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This week in the garden: Jan 11, 2012

It is starting to become an exciting time in the garden again!  I have started 2 trays of seeds -- one 72 cell tray for onions, and one 72 cell tray for lettuce. 

Floating row cover
 Outside, there are still many plants doing well.  Before the temperature dropped down to 18F last week, I covered the collard greens with a floating row cover to protect them from frost.  They may have been ok without it, but I didn't want to risk them becoming injured.  And now, they are still doing great!
Tatsoi in January
Kale in January
The tatsoi and kale survived the frost just fine, with the exception of the one tatsoi plant below.  I have to say, it is amazing to harvest vegetables from the garden in January!
Tatsoi damaged by frost
The chickens have been enjoying the warm winter weather.  They have been spending the days out in their portable chicken run, which we move around to fresh grassy areas every few days.
The chickens like 'free-range' time
I covered the chicken coop window next to their roost to prevent drafts.  It may not be pretty, but the piece of tarp will prevent cold winter winds from blowing directly on the chickens while they sleep.  They still have ventilation along the entire roof of the coop, and a couple of windows on the side farthest from the sleeping roost.

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