At Rest in the Winter Garden

Winter has begun.

Other than a few, cold hardy, veggies that are still growing this time of year in my garden,

 like these pretty Portuguese Kale,

portugeuse kale

beautiful brussels sprouts,

brussels sprouts

 terrific turnips,

turnip

magnificent mustards,

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dynomite dinosaur kales,

dinosaur kale

perfect pea blossoms,

pea blossoms

and colorful Tete Noir cabbages,

tete noir cabbage

the garden has been laid to rest.

strawberry in winter

Yet, there is still much work to be done!

Old plants need dead-heading,

artichoke in winter

left-over summer staples need harvesting,

onion

baby seedlings need to be tucked in under warm blankets of straw,

winter beet seedlings

and spring seedlings need to find a warm, winter home.

brassica seedlings

One day, I’m praying that I’ll be the proud owner of a wonderful greenhouse to keep my baby seedlings in.

Something like one of these…

Build-A-Greenhouse(via Build a Greenhouse)

– Huge and practical.

Or, one of these…

ornate

(via Glass Gardens Greenhouses)

– Ornate and beautiful!

Until that day comes, my little seedlings will have to be content snuggled in under (what I like to call) my “Poor Man’s Greenhouse” – something that my hubby and I fashioned together today.

pool ladder seedlings

We constructed it out of an old pool ladder that a friend of ours gave us, some old picket fencing, a couple of old wooden boards, and 4 mil. painter’s plastic.

poor man's greenhouse

This version – while it may not be as large or as  pretty as the others – will do a fine job of keeping my seedlings warm and cozy over the winter.

Who knows?  Maybe I’ll be able to sell  enough seedlings and produce, this coming year, to start a fund for a future “dream” greenhouse.

 Now, wouldn’t that be fabulous?

In closing, Stanley Crawford once said, “Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.”

 I just love that quote.

So, while there are still many garden chores to be done around our happy homestead this winter, I’m going to make it a priority to follow my garden’s lead, and rest  — at least now and then, this winter.

Springtime is just around the corner, and so is the rousing garden!

What do you do during the winter while your garden is at rest?

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