Winter Solstice, December 21, 2017

FYI New Picture of the day has been posted.

To be more precise Winter Solstice (shortest day of this year) will arrive at:
11:28 am EST – 10:28 am CST – 9:28 am MST – 8:28 am PST, December 21, 2017

After Winter Solstice, day by day we will have a minute or so longer daylight hours as we move slowly thru Winter and seek the longer warming days of Spring planting time.

Meantime evaluate what plants did well in your garden during the 2017 growing season. What you did right and not so right. Carefully consider what vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries are well suited to your USDA hardness zone and length of your growing season.

Get out your Big Chief note pad and purple crayola sketch out you 2018 garden plan. Try not to plant the same crops in the same location year after year. Consider adding a few rows of nitrogen fixing plants to your garden.

* Useful nitrogen fixing plants for your consideration.
Alfalfa, Clover, Cowpea(Black eye pea), Peanut, Snap pea, Snow pea, Soybean.
Clover will tolerate light foot traffic and maybe well suited to sow between rows of vegetables. Used as a ground cover clover will help shade and crowd out undesirable weeds as well.

Merry Christmas and to all a good night.

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14 responses to “Winter Solstice, December 21, 2017

  1. I just posted about my garden plans for next year. I am still researching the seeds I want to start with next year, and will have them all picked out by Jan. 🙂

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  2. East Tennessee… This is the time of year where I get super antsy to sketch out the next year’s garden and get my seed starts going! It’s a period of great anticipation, all the more suited to the Advent season. Hope you and yours have a blessed and merry Christmas!

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  3. Northern Spain (British migrants) . . . snow on the highest peaks here but otherwise mild, sunny and green. We are lucky enough to be able to garden all through the festive season which is a wonderful thing, have also dug out the seed basket to plan for 2018. Merry Christmas and happy garden planning!

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  4. I always look forward to this day when the slide into darkness stops and we turn back gradually towards the sun. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the new year.

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  5. Yorkshire, England (Californian transplant) We have only had a dusting of snow (although the surrounding areas have had a few inches) but it has been freezing on and off. I am sure there is more cold to come before spring. The worse seems to come in January and February. Happy Holidays and a brilliant New Year

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  6. Canada…..and we have had one big snowstorm this year already, and lots of flurries….which makes it look festive for Christmas but gardening season seems a long ways away….

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  7. Thank you for planting a seed of a reminder that there is a summer out there, waiting in the future if I can get through this cold NY winter where we’ve already had two snow storms, small but snow just the same 😦

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