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Garden Notes: January 2024

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  • 6th: 1.29″
  • 9th: 4.35″
  • 12th: 0.89″
  • 16th: 0.14″
  • 23rd: 0.04″
  • 24th: 0.26″
  • 25th: 1.68″
  • 26th: 0.11″
  • 27th: 1.93″
  • Total: 10.69 inches

  • range of nighttime lows: 10 to 60°F (-12 to 15°C)
  • range of daytime highs: 40 to 71°F (4 to 21°C)
Weather Notes
  • Warm temps coincide with rainy days, cold temps with clear weather.
  • What the temps don’t reflect is the wind, which has been blustery and bitter. Even on mild days it’s often not appealing to work outside. 
Garden Notes

  • It’s too cold for things to grow, so after finishing up mulching the beds, I’ve been working on the weediest aisles, scraping the weeds and old mulch. Then I put down a new layer of cardboard and fresh wood chips. Not sure if I’ll finish the entire garden, but I like working there on nice days.
  • Other than that . . .
Jan. 7th: we ate the last of our 2023 fall tomatoes. I saved the seed.

Greenhouse Notes

  • 12 outside, 25 in the greenhouse
  • 31 and sunny outside, 74 in the greenhouse
  • One thing that’s really thriving in the greenhouse is the volunteer chickweed.
Chickweed in the front pot. broccoli behind.

Temporary growing table with kale and lettuce.
  • lettuce
  • turnips
  • Jerusalem artichokes
Greenhouse lettuce. Not enough for  salads, but enough for our Sunday burgers.
Nicely sized sunchokes from a patch I didn’t dig last winter.

Pantry salad: canned green beans, cherry tomatoes preserved in olive oil and
vinegar, and black olives. The oil and vinegar from the tomatoes is the dressing.


  • thyme
  • lambs ear
  • echinacea

The goal with the transplanting to to disassemble one of my front yard herb beds. While I really like having it, there’s a battle every year to keep the wire grass at bay. That and the dozens of acorn seedlings that come with the wood chip mulch. Neither is conducive for the easy growing of perennials. We will likely try some annuals in the bed next summer.

That wraps up our January. How about you?


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