blooming garden in the dead of winter

After DH built me some winter garden boxes (removable, on top of my square foot boxes), I planted them with onions and chard and spinach last fall.   I meant to go out and water them, but, well . . . it’s been a bitter winter here in Utah.   I’m kind of lazy and don’t like to be cold.   I  just never even looked in there since about November.   Yesterday, March 28, I opened up the box and look what I found:

Onions and chard are growing away!   I still have a few weeks’ worth of frozen chard and beet greens in my freezer from my garden last fall–I’d better use them, because I’ve actually got a harvest waiting for me already, in March!   And now, this morning, this is (again) what the growboxes look like:

You can read how to make these grow boxes in Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Harvest.

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  1. Hi, Robyn,Apologies for not getting back to you sooner.

    It looks like you are getting ready to plant your finger,Can you really do that there?

    Just kidding, Are you still interested in doing a presentation in the Reno area in June?

    I would need to know some times and availability. The Library has a community room I could reserve at no cost.

    I believe it can hold 50- 60.

    The Health Fair is in June.

    Could you please let me know via email so I can make the reservations?

    Rooms in the Reno Area are very reasonable during the week.

    Do you mind staying in a casino? Circus Circus has large rooms for $29.00 night Sun thru thursday or motel rooms approx.$ 30.00-35.00.

    Lots of deals , you may be able to get by cheaper.

    I hope all is well ness. Ron.

    1. Ron, I don’t have plans to be in Reno–I am in Vegas this weekend but that’s too late to plan for it! Next time–thank you!


  2. Robyn, thank you for being there. At the first of this year 2010 I bought you 12 steps to whole food and the blendtec blender, my husband and I have been doing green smoothies every morning since Feb. We both have gone to the doctor for check up this month (May) our blood test had changed in every area,there is nothing out of range. The only thing, is I have high blood pressure and working towards getting off medicine any suggestions will be welcomed . due to being out of state on emergency trips, we have only done step two in the whole foods program, but hope to continue soon .Carol

  3. How exactly do you freeze chard or spinach. I always grow a lot of vegetables but I have never thought about freezing the green leaf ones.

  4. Robyn,

    Thanks, Dick has plexiglass on ours. We have the book. He’s planted a few seeds and also started some in the garage window.


  5. Robyn.

    Is that bubble wrap you have covering your grow boxes?

    My husband has already planted one of our grow boxes.

    I didn’t freeze enough greens last winter.

    Don’t want to run out again.

    Thanks for the pictures.


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