Garden Woes and Hoes

Garden bed

These days, things are a little stunted and slow growing in the ole veggie garden. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for our nice weather while the rest of the nation is freezing their patooties off. Still, even after adding fresh soil, replanting one entire bed and praying daily to the Greens Goddess my results are less than hunky dory. What’s the problem people? Are my boxes too shallow? Depth requirements for most garden veggies range from 12” – 36” and my beds fall on the shorter end of that spread. Maybe I need to build the height up? I get giddy at the thought of pulling out my nail gun.


My stunted arugula that normally grows like crazy.

Back to complaining: In the lower garden, aphids are biting my brassicas’ butt. The romanesco is as popular with these pests as a vodka luge at a frat party.

winter aphids

A bright spot are those geranium cuttings I just shoved in the ground with a Hail Mary prayer in June are actually growing.

winter garden

Back in June…

winter garden

…and here they are today.

It’s nice to have something growing, because everything else seems to be getting hit by the pruning shears, from my roses to raspberry bushes.

winter rose garden

Even the chickens are getting a little feisty lately (I’m eating clean and shunning wine this month, what’s their excuse?).  At every feeding they jump up all over me and I feel like the pigeon lady in Mary Poppins. Only two of the three are laying for me — while those would be good odds at the aphid frat house, I want my eggs! What’s up with #3? I’m thinking our Judy may be a George, for the meantime we’ll just call he/she Terry.

winter chicken

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5 thoughts on “Garden Woes and Hoes”

Thank you, Val, for letting us know once again you are no Martha Stewart. You’ve given me strength to try, try again in the garden area.

Need to know: are aphids edible? i’m pretty sure I served a good portion of them with my broccoli last winter before I realized it. Guess that answers the question: we are all still alive!

I think you’re better than the maven herself since she probably had these woes, but didn’t have the courage to expose them. Shall we set a wine date for 2/1?? 🙂

Oh, the trials and tribulations of a winter garden in sunny California! Especially this year! I’ve given up on trying to grow green leafy edibles this winter. It’s just too hot and dry for them to do well. Looks like your vege bed is plenty deep for them. They’re just hot! Hang in there. Spring will be coming sooner rather that later and you can get started with a new vege garden.
Send your chickens out to the garden. Maybe they’ll eat the aphids and everyone will be happy.

Leslie: aphids=extra added protein

Yes, our weather is just too weird right now. In my garden I blame just about everything on gophers, however.

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