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So it's mid-December and time to start thinking of the spring garden even as the winter garden is reaching it's peak.
I like living in a four season gardening zone. Fall and winter are for cabbage, kale, beets, broccoli, chard, carrots, cauliflower, peas, kohlrabi, lettuces. Spring is dandelion greens, violets, redbuds, asparagus, fiddleheads, scapes, scallions, nettles, pea greens, radishes, carrots, strawberries, lettuces. Summer is tomatoes, peas, beans, raspberries, blackberries, pineberries...
Have you had a pineberry?
I hope to expand my pineberry bed this year. The birds and doodlebugs don't eat the pineberries the way they do strawberries. I lost 2 beds to doodlebugs. I always thought doodlebugs (aka pill bugs, rollie-polies) only ate compost and dead organic matter, but they eat anything, really.
Garden catalogs are beginning to arrive...