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State of the garden address: changes for the new year

The new year is upon us, bringing a small change to this blog. As a resolution for my personal wellness, I have decided to give up social media entirely. I am shutting down my personal Facebook page, which will in turn shut down the FB page representing DC Potager. Of course, you are free to use social media to share my posts as you wish. And I will continue to write and publish this blog on this domain,, I just won't be sharing it myself through social media.

I have big plans for this blog in the new year. To begin, I will be launching a 4-part series on good bugs in the garden in January. I will continue this theme at Rooting DC, as my proposal to give an hour-long presentation on good bugs in the garden was accepted for the annual forum on March 3, 2018. I have never been so happy to research, write, and draft presentation slides!

February brings the one-year anniversary of this blog. I wish to take time to reflect on what I have done here so far and what I can do in the future. If you have ideas for what you would like to see me write about, I would love to hear them.

So what's going on in the garden right now? Well, it's the end of the December. It's been cold and a little rainy this week and I even saw a few flurries yesterday. The growth of plants has slowed significantly and there is less available to harvest. The green tops of my remaining radishes, turnips, and rutabagas that were once tall and upright now hug the ground as flattened rosettes in order to absorb as much warmth from the sun and soil as possible. Now that we have passed the winter solstice, this too will change as the days grow longer. I look forward to those tasty shoots from my purple sprouting broccoli plants, the guaranteed sign of spring. In March, I will plant a whole new crop including collards, dinosaur kale, mizuna, Chinese broccoli, bok choy, and baby root vegetables.

The row of garlic I planted along the fence in October doesn't care about cold weather!

#winter #sotg