December 6, 2011
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The Kitchen Garden
The kitchen garden is the heart of a farmstead. Ours is 60ft x 60ft area surrounded by buildings and good 6 foot fence as we live in a deer and bear area. It has a south exposure with deciduous shade trees to the east and west for good sun in the winter and some shade in summer, also notice the most important part to the lower right.
There is a chicken vault below the solar water panels. Somewhat noisy and smelly but very handy. Weeds and waste from kitchen to feed the chickens and eggs for the kitchen as well as manure for compost for the garden from the chickens. As we live in a hunting area of fox, coyote and raccoon we need a varmint proof vault to keep the chickens in.
As you can see this is a late fall picture and much of the growth is dead from nearly 3 weeks of frost. Even so there is much going on in growth and food for the winter even under the coming snows.
Winter food, carrots, turnips and cabbage
Winter crops of turnips, carrots and peas as well as winter cabbage in the back ground will be welcome this winter even in the snow
Sawdust from the sawmill to fill the pathways and keep down the mud and help to create more soil.
Leeks and garlic need to be planted now for early spring as long as they are planted deep to protect the roots from freeze heaving
We are at 2200 feet elevation in the northern california sierra foothills so it does get cold and snow but generally not for long periods so a winter garden is possible. 😎 pg
Ants! ; see Ant killer below in comments…pg