The Magic of the Cloche


Originally uploaded by mulysa_may

A piece of plastic has changed my usual late winter habit. How can one have cabin fever when fresh greens are available for dinner? By February I am usually sick of food and longing for something fresh to eat. Produce in the stores is unappealing and road-weary. And I’m so over root vegetables.

The difference this year is that I made a cloche over one garden bed in November, and planted lots of types of greens and radishes. It’s my first real winter gardening trial and I thought I lost it all during a serious cold spell in December. But the seedlings persevered and in the mild weather since have been slowly gaining height and succulence.

Every two weeks I water them and pick out a few slugs. The baby-green mixes have been doing best. I planted two types (one with arugula, lettuce and kale pictured here). They are easy to harvest by mowing down a wide strip with a scissors, and they grow back in about two weeks.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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One Response to The Magic of the Cloche

  1. Mulysa says:

    Cloche hats are very alluring as well.

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