Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In Which I Want To Shout—

—It works! It really works!

The winter gardening ideas I learned about from Eliot Coleman, that is. They really work. Over the summer I read his Four Season Harvest, used his ideas for my tomato trellises, used more ideas for my compost and winter garden, and on the weekend a very colourful harvest emerged from the various cold frames and plastic tunnels in the back yard. I've also got three bins of finished compost, all ready for spring planting. I don't think I've ever had such inspiring-looking compost, either. It's rich and crumbly and fragrant with summer magic.

Still Life On Kitchen Counter:
purple sprouting broccoli, kale, golden beets, Thai dragon chilies, and tiny lemons.


Heather said...

Oh my!! Truly Fabulous, Shelia! You must just be tickled.

Love Eliot Coleman. I have his The New Organic Grower book and it will pretty much be my main reference for the market garden this year. I love the way he shares all his wisdom. He has some lectures you can watch on Youtube as well. Now you've got me curious to read what he says specifically about compost in that book so I'll have to get Four Season Harvest out again. Have you read his wife's book?

Becky at Farm School said...

Up until the weekend, with our lovely, unseasonably warm La Nina winter, I would have have been tempted. But regular winter finally arrived the other day -- yesterday during the day was -36, and at night we had extreme wind chill warnings with temps down to -51, and the only way I could ever get plastic tunnels to work in winter is with a 24-hour blast furnace.

So I will be content to admire your kitchen still lifes!