This winter, I tried something new. I bought a small, 4-shelf greenhouse and put it in my unheated greenhouse (super meta) to grow microgreens. It gets chilly in the winter with a few nights that get below freezing so it’s ideal for microgreens, especially when the smaller greenhouse holds in the heat from the daytime. The smaller greenhouse also keeps in the condensation so I have to water less often. The trays of water cress, kale, mizuna, and mixed greens have grow quickly and well, and are a complement to salads, sandwiches, and rice bowls.

New Year; New Roses

Rose mugshots.

This is a bloom from the Portlandia rose in the garden. I can’t remember if it’s bloomed this early before, but I’m grateful that it has. A gopher or other rodent destroyed my favorite rose – the Earth Angel I planted in memory of my grandmother – so I’m happy to see some color and beautiful blooms in the garden.