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Garden Notes: December 2023

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  • 1st: 0.3″
  • 2nd: 0.4″
  • 3rd: 0.02″
  • 9th: 1.33″
  • 10th: 1.08″
  • 17th: 0.17″
  • 25th: 1.9″
  • 26th: 2.01″
  • Total: 7.21 inches so far
  • range of nighttime lows: 21 to 58°F (-6 to 14°C)
  • range of daytime highs: 52 to 67°F (11 to 19.5°C)
Garden Notes:
  • I have a few things growing in the garden: kale, daikons, turnips, and Swiss chard.
  • Continuing to finish up mulching the remaining beds.
  • Then I’ll start on tidying up and re-mulching the aisles.
Greenhouse Notes
  • Everything is doing well so far, although slow to grow.
  • Our coldest night so far this month was 21°F (-6°C), but the greenhouse didn’t get below 32°F (0°C). My cherry tomato plant is still alive and well. 
  • As are my transplanted green pepper plants.
  • Once the sun hits the greenhouse, it warms up quickly, so I have to keep an eye on the temp and turn on the vent fan if needed. 

cherry tomato vine with quite a few flowers

sweet pepper plant


Planted (in the greenhouse)
celery base (from Thanksgiving stuffing)

sprouting garden potatoes from the pantry

The potatoes are an experiment. Potatoes are typically planted around here in March, which doesn’t make sense to me because a frost or freeze will kill the top growth. Depending on what the rest of the winter is like, these may do okay for a few early potatoes.

Parting Shot
December salad: daikon leaves, kale, Swiss chard, chickweed,
dandelion leaves, feta goat cheese, & greenhouse cherry tomatoes.


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