Winter Garden Update

I figured I’d give a quick update (since some are wondering) with what we have going on with the garden.

Effectively we are trying to get things going and we technically have a lot out there but things are moving quite slowly.  The sun will be at the lowest point of the year here in 4 days (the 22nd of December) so the garden has just not received the kind of sun necessary to do well (although its improving little by little each day).  The further south things are in the garden, the slower they’re growing, or they’ve kind of reached a slow moving stasis.

That being said we’re growing the following vegetables:

Green Cabbage
Red Cabbage
Mustard Greens
Broccoli (Tons and tons and tons of these guys)
Swiss Chard (not much)
Beets (there isn’t alot going on with these guys)
Lettuce (two types, but they’re not getting the sun they need)
Sea Kale

Green Onion
Garlic (Two types, totaling 190ish bulbs!)
Creole Onion
Early White Onion
Texas “Legend” Onion


I firmly believe if I could clear out the trees a little faster the garden would start coming together. What I have cleared has opened up where the spinachs and some other things and they’re really taking off now.

Without further adieu, bring on the pictures!


The Seakale with a bunch of mustards.


Spinach in the front, carrots on the left, and a couple of lettuce on the right. At the top of the screen is the ridiculous number of daikon I have.


One of the garlic beds. The one to the left of it, once it got sunshine shot up like a rocket.



There’s some stuff going on, but in general the beds are more or less resting, particularly till I get some more sun on them.


You can start to see the thinning in action on the left side, now its time to keep clearing to the right.

7 thoughts on “Winter Garden Update

  1. Chad

    Ours isn’t doing so well either, but I’m slowly working on rebuilding the soil. It will take awhile with this clay but it is getting better and the rabbits and chickens are helping out a lot. There’s always Spring!

    1. Mike Post author

      That is one reason why I really want to get chickens. Especially BEFORE spring. I think because my goat plan is starting to fall apart (or just take much longer than I thought) I might go ahead and move to get chickens that I can move around.

  2. Chad

    Random question: When do you think is the best time to plant fruit trees in our area? Most places, like the LSU planting guide say anytime during the dormant season but most local places seem to sell trees at the beginning and then the end (around February) of the season. I was going to order some pear and plum trees but then thought about waiting till February since that’s when some of the feed stores get some in. Maybe it’s just fewer cold spells to go through if you wait that long???

    1. Mike

      There is no questions asked any time of winter is a good time for it. It would seem other than summer any time is a good time here. (Just depending on where you get them from, you may not actually be able to take delivery). Some places start to take orders and delivery at the end of fall (so not even winter). I bought a lunch of trees on sale at Midpoint Feed and Seed at Barkers corner at the end of October (I think). To be honest I think you basically have to buy in the fall time for winter planting, or you’re buying in the spring time (that’s what I’m seeing online).

      However with that said, I believe any time in winter is good to go. Oddly enough I still have a few apple trees and peach trees with leaves on them… for some reason they just don’t want to give up those few leaves.

      Even citrus trees you’re supposed to plant in the winter time, but I’ll admit, if I had to do it again, I’d wait till like march to do those. Why? I have to cover those bad boys up so often its ridiculous. (This season is already off to an abnormally cold start it would seem). I say that, but I’ll be glad when spring comes because those guys will take off like rockets since they’ve already established. However, the good thing about other fruit trees (if we’re talking apples, pears, peaches, etc) is you don’t have to cover them up (they’re dormant).

      Long story long, if you can get trees, now is the time to do it for sure. You’ll be receiving bare rooted trees and they should be a snap. Where are you looking at getting trees?

  3. Chad

    I was looking at Bob Well’s nursery out of Texas. I might go ahead and order then. Like you said, they may not deliver right now. I haven’t asked.

    I’ll tell you, we have a good size orange and satsuma tree next to your house and I never cover them and they seem fine. I do cover a young lemon and lime tree though when it gets really cold. It probably helps that they are so close to the house.

    1. Mike Post author

      Oh I was specifically speaking about young citrus trees. We have this meyer lemon behind our house (its not even close to the house actually, but between two wild cherry trees) and that thing is a tank. It had some new growth burned off recently, but its totally fine, loaded to the brim with lemons.

      Once these citrus trees grow up in the front of the house they’re going to help create a pocket of warm air to just sit in, and it’ll probably be one of hte warmest locations on the whole property. (at least that’s what i’m guessing).

      We are looking at Bob Wells for Pecan trees for sure (they have a ton). I was also thinking about Willis Orchard. Looking them up its quite the .. uhm story. Basically a pissed off employee at Tytyga (run for the hills!!!) and now TyTyga went on a smear campaign online. I’ve seen ALOT of positive reviews for the place, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Also their prices are pretty decent.

      What varieties are you looking at?

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