It was sixty five degrees on New Year's Day, 2011. I had to start the year off right, so I turned my compost pile. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
While turning the compost, I noticed there was more space in the leaf bin, so I added the contents of three more bags of leaves to it. I even put some compost on top to let the micro-organisms flow through when it rains.
While I was turning the compost and adding the leaves, my wife came and helped me with garden chores by beginning to pull off all the dead bean vines from the fence material. That was a time consuming process, but she completed two rows before I got there to help her. That was a big help to me!
I finally got to the bean fencing and helped with the tedious process of pulling off the vines. It's a funny thing. In the spring, you want them to grow on the fence as quickly as possible. In the fall, you wish they were off the fence as quickly as possible!
In a few more weeks, I'll be harvesting the horseradish roots so I can grate it for some nice hot, fresh horseradish sauce!
This poor little collard plant doesn't know if it's a collard or a miniature palm tree!
After our two days of 60 degree weather, it turned freezing cold again! If you look close at the leaves in the top of the picture, you can see the raindrops that have frozen solid.
One of the good things about these vegetables is that when you see how green they still are, you know they will make a comeback.
That's it for my first post of the new year.
Have a great vegetable gardening day!