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The December Garden

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SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. Our December garden is full of green – vegetables, grass and weeds. I’m not as diligent with weeding as I am in the spring, partly because I don’t have to water as much so I’m not out there as often. I probably shouldn’t admit that (or show some of these photos) but we try to keep it real here. 

We haven’t had a freeze yet, it’s been close a couple of times but hasn’t dipped that low, just yet. We’ve also had quite a bit of rain and moisture. We’ll still end the year about 10 inches short of our average rainfall but that is better than the 20+ inches short we’ve had the last few years. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. This is the carrots, turnips and weeds bed. There are actually quite a few carrot seedlings under the weeds. I’m not sure what weed this is, but it’s popped up everywhere. I need a good weed identification book. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. The cress has completely taken over the lettuce and Chinese cabbage bed. This is the first time I’ve planted cress and in the future I will not plant an entire package at once. It has flowered really early and since it has some spice to it, I’m only using a tiny bit at a time in our salads. On the bright side, the bees and butterflies are enjoying the flowers. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. This is the cauliflower and cabbage bed – and weeds. There are some broccoli seedlings in the middle that need to get divided and transplanted. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. Our cabbage is just starting to ball up – I love that. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. Apparently, we didn’t dig up all of our potatoes this summer. So we have a bed of volunteers. On the right side of the bed I sowed onion seeds. I’ll be separating them and transplanting them soon. At that point I’ll dig up the potatoes. Next year, I’ll intentionally plant some fall potatoes. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. The kale and Swiss chard bed is full. At each end we have also have beets. We go out daily to pick from this bed (and the lettuce bed). We use the kale in soups and smoothies. We use the chard in lasagna and sauted with onions and garlic. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. We have a couple of basil plants still hanging on. I stripped them when I thought it was going to freeze about a month ago and they have just continued leaf out. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. We still have some cherry tomatoes but it’s not warm enough for them to really ripen. Eventually I’ll clean out this bed but until then I’m just letting them grow. 

SchneiderPeeps - The December Garden in zone 9 is full of green. Cooler temperatures and more rain is just what the garden needs. We’ve had more rain and dampness than we normally do and I found these in the chicken yard. Does anyone know what kind of mushrooms they are?

What’s going on in your gardening world this month?

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