Our Berkeley Winter Garden: Week Zero

A winter garden is a totally decadent concept to me.  In Boston, winter means fleece lined running tights, and YakTrax for your running shoes.  Do California runners even know what YakTrax are?  Think snow tires for your sneakers. 

A blanket of snow inches deep doesn’t exactly scream “plant something here!”  Well it doesn’t snow in Berkeley, which is just one of many reasons to recommend the place.  Apparently, this allows us to plant a whole new garden now that our spring garden has worn itself out.  This is a foreign concept to me, but I’m embracing it wholeheartedly.

Here is what the spring garden looked like last month.  Since then, a lot of the plants have given up.  We harvested the last of the produce, and then dug out the plants and tossed them in the compost bin.


How many pickled serrano peppers does one girl need?  I can’t believe how many peppers we got off our two little plants!  Truly, I can’t believe how successful the spring garden turned out to be.  We were all gardening novices, but apparently you can’t screw up in magical northern California.  Though we did learn the important lesson that 12 heads of lettuce is way too many for four people, no matter how much you love salads.  I wish we’d kept track of how much produce we got out of our spring garden.  I think we’re going to try and keep a record of what the winter garden produces.

So here’s the garden dug back out.  The curly kale and the lacinato kale are still going strong, so we left them in for now.  We’ll start some new plants from seeds, and transplant them if these plants give out on us.  We’ll need that kale for a winter’s worth of soups and kale chips.


Here are the new seedlings that are going to make up our winter garden!  We’re planting peas, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leeks, lettuce, arugula, and a bunch of herbs.


I can’t wait!  If we’re half as lucky with this garden as we were with our previous one, I’ll be thrilled.  We have a lot less sunlight on the raised bed than we did during the summer, so I don’t know how that will affect things yet.  We’ll just have to watch and see.

Also, I’d better figure out something to do with those serranos soon.  Looks like someone likes spicy things.. 


He stole it right out of the bowl on the kitchen table!


Our Berkeley Winter Garden: Week Zero — 1 Comment

  1. I’m looking forward to following the progress of your Winter Garden from the beginning! Brussel sprouts and Leeks are foreign to me so I can’t wait to see what kind of wonderful things you make with it!

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