I went out to my garden plot yesterday, thinking that maybe the snow would have finally melted enough for me to plant some sprouting potatoes. I also thought I might be able to pull up some overwintered carrots. Unfortunately, this is what I saw:
I was able to clear away enough snow to sow my potatoes, but finding hidden carrots was not going to happen. So February marks the first month in which I got zero harvest out of my garden.
Still, I think it’s pretty cool that I got ANYTHING in January and December. In December I was still harvesting tender salad greens, even if it meant clearing off snow to do it. And at a few points in December and January I pulled up crunchy, delicious overwintered carrots and frost-sweetened kale.
I don’t think I’ll get anything from the garden in March, either, unless the arugula seeds I sprinkled on a bare patch of dirt yesterday somehow germinate unusually quickly. But by April I will be pulling early lettuces and arugula and radishes (at least, if last year is any indication). And I could always buy some turnips at the market and plant them and get some turnip greens in fairly short order, although that kind of feels like cheating. My point is, in this area it’s totally possible to have a productive garden 9 or 10 months of the year. Maybe next winter I’ll invest in some row covers and extend the season even more.