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Mittens poses in front of our Navel orange tree, which is still covered in fruit.

Wordless Wednesday: Spring in Winter

We just returned from two weeks away on vacation and this morning’s light revealed a bountiful winter garden that looks more like spring. Bonus: a light rain last night left the garden blanketed in moisture. Here’s some inspiration for spring garden planning or winter garden harvesting, depending on where you live.

Rosalind Broccoli
Rosalind Broccoli sets a head.
Purple Savoy cabbage
Purple Savory cabbage has purple veins.
Monarch on milkweed
Even though we cut down our milkweed in December, we have Monarch caterpillars on new growth.
Snow pea sprouts
We planted snow and sugar snap peas the day before leaving. They’re a few inches tall now!
Arikara Sunflower
The Arikara Sunflower that opened right after we left is still open! Side buds are ready to burst any day now.
Wordless wednesday lettuces
Lettuces are ready to harvest for salads (to recover from all the cheese and bread we ate on vacation).
kale bed
The morning sun alights dew on our kale bed. Dazzling Blue, Vates Blue, and Siberian kales are featured here.
Rosemary blossoms
Rosemary is in bloom for bees and other pollinators who need nectar this winter.
Mittens and citrus
Mittens poses in front of our Navel orange tree, which is still covered in fruit. Now is a good time to prune away dead branches. More pruning will happen once fruit is harvested.

Enjoy your winter garden (or your break from it) while it lasts. Spring is only 8 weeks away, which means it’s time to start seeds (if your last frost date is March 19 or earlier). No rest for gardeners!

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