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Make use of winter sunshine

By Penny Stine

It hit 45 yesterday, so even though the forecast said snow, I decided it was time to plant. I'm learning that cold-hardy plants are exactly that, so I'm making use of the winter sunshine. Plus, I'm experimenting to see just how cold-hardy some plants are. Not only that, but it allows me to use all my garden spaces. 
First, I had to pull up the dead broccoli stalks. Broccoli didn't do particularly well in that plot, because even though it likes cooler weather and will tolerate some shade, nothing really likes the amount of shade in that particular bed. 

I have this tree in the front yard, which does a marvelous job of shading my house in the summer, but also prevents some garden plots from getting much sun. 

They get plenty of sun now, since the tree has no leaves.
It makes a nice place for Howie to maintain his front yard vigilance.




So this is what I'm planting.It's an Asian greens mixture from Renee's Garden. It has a mizuna and wild kale seeds, along with something else that sounds mysterious.



The seeds all look like kale.




Although I could dig five or six inches with my hand shovel in some areas of this bed, there was another spot not a foot away where the ground was frozen solid. So I planted in three separate areas, and I'll plant the rest as soon as the ground thaws.

Yes, it's crazy to be planting in early February, but it made me happy to do it. Will post pics of whatever comes up. 


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