06 December 2015

Bringing the garden indoors

Still mild here (hope writing that doesn't jinx things) - the greenhouse herbs are still going strong. Here's the dill:

The parsley is still going, too. I mentioned the herbs to a colleague who asked if I bring some in for the winter. I don't normally (apart from the rosemary), but this struck me as an excellent idea, so this winter I have done just that, bringing some in from the garden, others from the greenhouse. The cat is having to share her windowsill with rosemary, dill, sage, thyme, oregano, parsley and coriander/cilantro. You can't see it in this photo, but the rosemary is actually flowering at the moment!

There were still some root crops to harvest: I pulled the last of the parsnips, most of the carrots and a couple of parsnips from the greenhouse and dug up a couple of pounds of sunchokes from the garden, as the soil is still soft enough to dig.

I also got a cabbage from the brassica patch, which is still doing well - there will be swedes/rutabagas to pull and more kale there. I think we might even get some Brussels sprouts, although they won't be as big as the ones happening in the UK this year. They even made the front page of the Weather Network's site (I think they are having to drum up stories about sprouts because the weather is being so un-newsworthy here!).


Margaret said...

I tried bringing in some herbs like parsley, etc., a few times over the years, but was never overly successful. I must say that I probably didn't give them all the attention they deserved & we really don't have the best spot for them either. One of these days I'll give it another go using the grow lights. I hope that your winter herb garden provides you with lots of flavourful herbs over the winter months - keep us posted!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I was just outside enjoying this lovely weather and noticed some of my herbs are still hanging in there, must go back out and snip some more. I don't usually bring any inside as I don't have a lot of space by light windows.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Still mild here, too, interrupted by one snowstorm and light frosts most nights. How fun to bring in the herbs for the winter! Your cat must be a well-behaved one not to chew on the plants! Mine would chomp them to shreds. Is that a record for you--harvesting into December?

Amanda said...

I had to check, but back in 2012 I was harvesting lettuces from outside on December 21st! I think that has to be the record for the latest harvest ever!

Lisa from Iroquois said...

Noticed I had a few leaves of mint still one of the plants in a neglected corner of the garden a couple days ago so I harvested those to tuck into a drawer that the mice seem to like. It is supposed to deter them. This year I am experimenting with bringing in some rosemary, basil and sage. The sage appears to be dying :( but the basil is still tender and green and the rosemary which seemed to be dying at first seems to have reached a point of equilibrium. Crossing my fingers.