The favas that I sowed on November 10 are growing well.
And the second sowing that went in on December 20 are just starting to emerge. That's it for that bed, just favas.
But, I have let a lot of California Poppies volunteer around the edges of the bed and there's also Miner's Lettuce volunteering in the bed also.
In the next bed, the Opal Creek Golden Snap Peas seem to be barely fazed by winter. The birds have done more damage than the frost. All the leaves at the tops of the plants have been pecked away.
But there are lots of new shoots and flower buds lower on the plants.
The Kefe Beinwil Snow Peas are also putting out a lot of growth lower on the plants. You can't really see them in the photo below, but the plants are starting to bloom again.
The kale plants are looking like small trees and the chervil is filling in the space below. The kales and the peas all have powdery mildew so I treated them all this afternoon with some Neem oil.
There's one Romanesco broccoli plant that is getting to be a half decent size. I had such problems getting the Romanesco started, it'll be a minor miracle if I get one decent head. My plants were huge by this time last year, this one is a dwarf in comparison.
Here's a new kale that I'm trying, Smooth Leaf Kale from Portugal. The leaves are a bit mottled, I don't think that's normal, but it's still good tasting. The aphids love it more than any other brassica in the garden. I wonder if the aphids transmitted some kind of virus to the plants?
The Piracicaba broccoli continues to put out new shoots.
All the garlic has sprouted and is growing well. The silverskin varieties took much longer to sprout and aren't as big yet.
I have a few pots lining the main path with various salad greens.
Olive Leaf Arugula, just emerging.
Cutting Lettuce Mix
And there are a few potted pepper plants that are hanging around, these were all planted in spring of 2008.
Aleppo, doing better than it looks here.
Aji Argentina, nearly leafless, but still with us.
Aji Pineapple, this one got the most protection.
The Frederick passion fruit is looking a bit yellow but hasn't dropped its leaves.
It still has some fruit but I don't know if these will be any good.
Not in the vegetable garden, but putting on a good show, the lavender lining the driveway is putting on a good show.
And the bees are loving it!