A Late Start for the New Year

I guess it is rather typical of most things I’ve attempted in 2014 (and so far this new year too) that I’m always running just on time (for those things with a definite deadline) or seriously behind on those that have a bit of leeway.  But finally, I’m getting around to posting a note about what is happening at Elm Street Gardens before January is over.

 

Of course, the winter garden is rather slow going compared to the way things sprout and grow in the summer.  You trade the excitement of the first tomatoes, for the fear of damaging weather.  The best part about winter is that you have all those beautiful green leafy vegetables that like the cool weather. 

 

We do have other distractions just now as we have a really big project going for Elm Street Gardens with the construction of three huge new connected hoop houses.  Their location is on Elm Street a short distance from the existing gardens. We have a well dug, but the erection of the hoop houses has been proceeding slowly.  The spells of really cold or wet winter weather do not help at all. 

 

Despite the uncooperative weather we should have these big hoops up and ready in time to do the very earliest spring planting and that is exciting.  Although the plastic that forms the outer shell is not up yet, gardeners Jim and Tess have begun putting down the compost and laying out the rows in the structures so we’ll be ready to plant not too long after the plastic is on.

 

And visions of sugar snap peas are running through our heads.  Hooray for spring!

You can get an idea of the size of these three connected hoop houses here.  It also tells you how the wet weather has slowed construction down considerably.

You can get an idea of the size of these three connected hoop houses here.  It also tells you how the wet weather has slowed construction down considerably.

Although the plastic is not yet on the hoops, Jim and Tess have begun laying out the long rows for the new beds.  Compost for the beds and wood chips for the walkways between rows are shown here.

Although the plastic is not yet on the hoops, Jim and Tess have begun laying out the long rows for the new beds.  Compost for the beds and wood chips for the walkways between rows are shown here.

15 Elm Street, Sparta, GA