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winter gardening: lettuce, chard and onions, oh my!


With some help from my gorgeous new Bay Area Produce Calendar (from Krank Press), Dave and I embarked on a little winter gardening last weekend. Admittedly, we’re either a bit early or a little late for a couple of our selections, but figured we’d give it a shot and baby them if we get a frost. At least the chard, lettuce, onions and hearty herbs should be fine. I have to admit, while there are many things I miss about the midwest, I was relishing digging in the dirt after hearing about all the snow my Minneapolis friends have been getting. Previously, my idea of “winter gardening” has been digging a hole in the snow to see if there was any parsley left alive down there.

Even if we did stray a bit from the recommendations in the guide (December calls for chard – check – lettuce – check – radishes and spinach, but doesn’t recommend our other selections until January or February) I have been loving the cool design and the great illustrations. I keep it on my desk as eye candy, and to remind me to get out and dig in the dirt.

Bay Area Produce Calendar, Krank Press

Nothing showing yet – hopefully this weekend!

rainbow chard

thyme and moss rocks

parseley, mint and rosemary

new growth on the pink lemon

oranges almost ready!




  • Colleen MacDonald

    WOW! That calendar is amazing! And so is your garden! I live in the maritime northwest, and we do participate in winter gardening here, but there is no planting involved until mid February, when peas and onions can go in. Typically, we plant in July/August if we want early harvests of kale, cabbages, and other hardies in the spring. But leeks, carrots,beets, and other roots will overwinter in the ground if they're mulched. Seeing your oranges ripening on the tree is like looking at the rings of Saturn through our telescope at night; within our universe, but out of reach!

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