Tending the Garden – January 3, 2016

This broccoli head is past maturity and cannot be eaten.

This broccoli head is past maturity and cannot be eaten.

I have been away over the holidays and was looking forward to having fresh broccoli. Little did I know when I left we would have very unseasonably warm weather. Over half of my broccoli crowns look like the one in the picture above. The others will need harvesting as soon as possible. I learned a valuable lesson: don’t think you know what the weather will be while you are away.
Since I have been home, I have been busy with things I had been waiting on for cool dryer weather. I planted my crocus, hyacinths, and the rest of my tulips. I have transplanted my parsley and cilantro seedlings from the flat I showed you in a recent post to their permanent location. All of them had true leaves and good root systems. I am so amazed at the amount of camellia blossoms that have bloomed and fallen. I got all of the ones up that have fallen and put them in the compost pile.
Today, I started the not so fun process of getting, by hand, the leaves out of things that the leaf blower just will not get or leaves around or covering delicate plants. In addition, I still have not cut back everything that needs to be done before I put down the last layer of pine straw. With much regret (from my back), I started removing a shovel’s width of turf in the backyard to put drainage in the mushy areas. This will be a slow process, but at least by my doing it, the rest of the backyard will not turn into a muddy mess. Maybe tomorrow I can get some more of this done, as the forecast is for good gardening weather.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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