So... first I had to clean up the mess! During the summer months, it's simply too hot for me to work in there, and not much can grow, so I leave it for fall. I plant in September. Today was the day. It was cooler and cloudy outside, so it's a perfect day for this annual project.
I cleaned out the planting bed and dispatched the enthusiastic weeds that volunteer on the floor. I control weeds with newspapers, magazines and cardboard. Not pretty, but free and it works for the most part. I discovered a tomato plant that had been left growing in there from when I was growing transplants. The poor thing had never been watered since spring, but it survived and has several green tomatoes on it. I tied it up with twine and we'll see what happens!
Then it was time to plant. Here I have started planting little onion sets that I saved in the refrigerator from what I purchased in the spring this year:
I planted the onion sets, mache (corn salad), Lacinto Kale, curly kale, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, two kinds of radishes, Italian dandelions, turnips, leaf lettuce and spicy greens. Everything is planted in little rows except the dandelions and mache. I broadcast them and used the palm of my hand to rub them down into the moist soil.
Here are a few more pictures so you can see my humble winter gardening place...
I've brought the planter of "hens and chickens" in to protect it through the winter:
I hope you enjoyed the tour! Incidentally, the same things can be grown in simple cold frames. You certainly don't have to have a hoop house for this.
This post is linked to Traditional Tuesday.