Frost in the Garden

 The garden after the heavy frost over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The garden after the heavy frost over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Visions of sugarplums? More like the hope of the spring season, lush green plants and bountiful harvests are dancing in our heads. During the month of December, there isn’t much for gardeners to do and many don’t hear the same call from the garden to spend long hours outside in the damp, dark cold weather as we did in the sunny warm days of summer. December is a month reserved instead for grand plans to be drawn and a review of the season past looking over successes and noting experiments that didn’t quite fulfill their promises. Perhaps reading through garden journals and reflecting warmly on the pictures of the garden through April to June, and September into October. Or if you find yourself without a garden journal from this season, December can be an excellent time to make one. Find directions for a simple, 3-ring binder garden journal you can assemble yourself and put to use over the 2016 season here.

As you plan out your beds, musing over new plants to try out for the 2016 season, in light of #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving, this past week consider planning to grow a row of produce that you will then donate to your local food bank! You can learn more about the Plant-A-Row program in Grays Harbor here and lookout for more information about it (and our kickoff event in Aberdeen) in 2016.