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Late fall through early spring is the best time to garden here in our sub-tropical gardening zone. There are far fewer pests this time of year and  kale, lettuce, and other leafy greens thrive in the cooler temps and lower humidity.

That said, this fall and winter has been unusually warm, even for us.  Yet, the garden is doing well.

A bed of beautiful and delicious mixed lettuces.

A bed of beautiful and delicious mixed lettuces.

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After the long, muggy summer and fall seasons the mint is bedraggled and seemingly non-existent, but it rejuvenates in the winter months…

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rambling throughout the garden and all over the back yard.

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This year I decided to grow carrots in small barrel planters , and harvested two  “Muscade” orange  this afternoon,

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they were still a bit small, but crisp and sweet…just as they should be. This particular variety was recommended for containers as it will only grow to about eight inches long.

There are yellow carrots in another barrel, but they aren’t ready to harvest yet.

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I haven’t planted mustard greens in a couple of years, but there was a volunteer in the garden this year…

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 and due to the warmer weather, this plant, as well as my lettuces, had already started to bolt.  However, the leaves were so tasty that I cut the flowers off and, hopefully, it will continue to produce throughout winter and spring.

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Along with the much warmer fall and winter weather, there have also been several nights of freezing temps, yet this beautiful mum just keeps on blooming.

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I received it as a gift last year and later transplanted it into a much larger pot where it has thrived.

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There’s parsley and curly kale in the wheelbarrow planter.

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I’m gardening more in containers these days as it is much easier on the back, and there is such a variety of herbs and vegetables that do well in them.

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Elsewhere in the garden there are different varieties of kale and radishes, chives, cilantro, rosemary and thyme.

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And, last, but certainly not least, a lovely (if somewhat weedy) bed of wild dandelions.

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These have taken up residence in what was once an old hugelkultur bed and are thriving there.

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