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An Appreciation of Winter Crops and Sun

Winter is just simply the most heavenly season of the year in my part of the world.

I  could make a list of the advantages of cooler days and nights, in fact, I’ll do just that! Here’s my “Winter Appreciation” List.

  • The feeling of the soft fluffy fabrics of my jumpers against my skin is pure luxury.
  • I enjoy knitting to my heart’s content, without fear of sweaty fingers.
  • Have I mentioned I wear jeans, just about every day? Jeans in winter are so comfy with my fluffy boots, or clogs.
  • Ironing isn’t quite the chore in winter that it is in summer!
  • I sleep peacefully each night, without waking up all hot and sweaty.
  • The heat of the oven when baking warms the house.
  • My baking satisfies hungry tummies!
  • My cats and kids are all far more cuddly in winter!
  • Hardly any weeds grow in the garden and those that do grow are tiny.
  • Gardening is a pleasure under the warm winter sun.

Okay, that’s ten points. I could go on to one hundred points, but I think you get the drift…

Little “Cutie Cat” and I enjoyed a wonderful wander around the garden this morning; with me photographing all of my green crops, nearly ready to be picked, and she pouncing out from behind bushes to grab at my hand, startling the daylights out of me as I stopped to pull out a weed here and there.

Coriander is definitely at the top of my favourite herbs list and I have three plants growing, one of which is covered in delicate little flowers right now, much to the bees delight. And the spinach that I had all but given up on has had a new lease on life, now looking fresh and green and ready for the picking.

Coriander in flower
Baby spinach

Here’s a view of some old laundry tubs which make wonderful planters pots. This is where my spinach is thriving, along with some recently planted bok choy. We harvested some of the most carroty tasting carrots I have ever had the pleasure eating from these tubs, only about a month ago. Imperfect, but beautiful.

Recycled tubs
New carrots

The cauliflower and broccoli were planted at the same time, although the broccoli has overtaken the cauliflower by a long shot. We’ll be enjoying the first of this season’s broccoli tonight. 🙂

Broccoli and Cauliflower
Ready to eat.

I’ve taken a freshly picked lettuce inside and we have an ample supply of flat leaf parsley on standby, flourishing away happily in the winter sun.

Home grown lettuce
Flat leaf parsley

Our garden is extra green at the moment. This is one family you can rest assured  will be “eating their green’s” for the rest of the winter.

Cutey gardener
Sunning herself
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7 thoughts on “An Appreciation of Winter Crops and Sun

  1. Thanks Heather, I’m really happy with how the garden is progressing, but there’s still so much more that I want to do.

    Your weather over in the USA has me curious. I hear you have had over 100F temperatures during summer (is this usual?) yet it snows during winter. We have mild winters and hot summers here, far less extremes in temperature.

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  2. love your recycled laundry tubs
    they could be a way of us working around the rabbits here 🙂

    winter here is lovely too – especially when living in a passive solar designed house, my favourite season next to autumn

    it does sound like the northern hemisphere has had a hot summer, but then again our summer past was pretty horrendously hot too – yep, i much prefer autumn/winter

    all the better for eating all those yummy veggies from the garden 🙂

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  3. We just returned from a garden meander. Picked some green tomatoes (for green tomato salsa) and two ripe red tomatoes and two baby cucumbers and a long fierce tasty pepper for the salsa. Beans galore to pick this afternoon! Don’t you love the gardening season and the fresh food to eat? So scrumptious. Enjoyed your post.

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  4. Thank you for reminding me that winter will eventually come. It’s HOT in the summer where I live too. It’s been over 100 for over a week. In January we had ice storms that kept us out of school for a week. The cold part isn’t normal but the hot part is. I grew up in Southern California and have been told that the weather is much like that in Australia. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. That’s a wonderful post. I remember hearing as a child that Australians can go to the beach on Christmas day. Is your winer season in May-June-July or in the northern hemisphere winter months of November-December-January? I haven’t quite figured that out. Your photographs are wonderful. I’ve recently started adding photographs to my blog and I find it makes a difference being able to show as well as tell.

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  6. I was searching for some information on what to plant in my fruit garden. I’m not sure how but Bing pulled up your writing. And I really thought it interesting so I decided to read it. I’m glad I did because I came away with a new viewpoint.

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