December 2020 Garden Update

December 2020 was a nice and chilly month. At least chilly for us Floridians as temps started to drop into the 30s. The garden got bundled up a few times, as did I. And I think I speak for all of us when I say I was happy to say goodbye to 2020. But there was still a lot I was thankful for. And keeping with the trend started this year, I want to share my gratitude with you. Not only for this month but for this year. 

December 2020 Garden Update

2020 Gratitude

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2020. It was certainly a crazy year, wasn’t it? I’m sure we all have a list of negative things we experienced from job losses to illness to being separated from loved ones. But it was also a beautiful year with a silver lining.

I am thankful for the new experiences 2020 brought. From dancing and yoga classes before shutdowns to rollerblading, paddle boarding, and virtual meet-up groups. This year I got to experience things I hadn’t before.

I am thankful for the growth 2020 brought. I’ve taken programming classes this year as well as starting my holistic health coaching program. There’s so much information available to us, and while that can sometimes feel overwhelming, it’s an amazing opportunity to grow in any way we’d like.

I am thankful for the health I experienced in 2020. I don’t work in an office, and there’s has never been a previous year where I wasn’t more thankful for that. The work/life balance I have has allowed me to be fully present when it comes to my health. 

I am thankful for the community I experienced in 2020. Some of you shared your experiences with me, and I have felt honored to go through life beside you. I have felt more loved this year than in previous years, and I have been surrounded by beautiful souls. 

In 2020, I was thankful for resiliency, for kindness, for freedom. And I pray we never lose those things. 

Bok Choy in December 2020

December 2020 Garden

I am also always thankful for my garden. I’m thankful for the fresh, organic, nutrient-dense produce. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be present while I carry out my gardening tasks. I am thankful for the tranquility it provides and the level of self-sufficiency I feel by knowing this practical skill.

This month there was a decent amount to harvest. We harvested bell peppers, bok choy, tatsoi, green onions, kale, and Meyer lemons. Kale leaves were harvested daily for my healthy smoothies. Chives and basil were also harvested daily for my scrambled egg breakfasts.

Kale in December 2020

I was especially happy that my Meyers lemons were finally ready to harvest. In celebration, I cooked a few artichokes to enjoy with the first lemon picked. A little lemon and salt on an artichoke, and I am in heaven. 😋

Artichokes

What’s Growing?

There was so much growing this month. I’m still amazed by how much can be grown in such a small amount of space. I really feel like a maximized the space this year.

December 2020 Vegetable Garden

Here’s what was growing this December in hardiness zone 9b:

Vegetables: Beets, bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, bulbing onions, bunching onions, carrots, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, tatsoi, and tomatoes.

Fruit: Blueberry, elderberry, honey tangerine, Key lime, limequat, Meyers lemon, Persian lime, and pineapple.

Flowers: Mexican heather, morning glories, mums, roses, Shasta daisies, sweet peas, and zinnias.

Herbs: basil, chamomile, chives, cilantro, dill, holy basil (tulsi), lavender, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, spearmint, and thyme.

December 2020 Herb Garden

December 2020 Happenings and Shenanigans

This month my primary focus was harvesting all the yummy produce my garden provided and keeping my garden warm during cold snaps.

Frost Blankets

I have four frost blankets that I use in my backyard to cover everything, along with a few bricks I repurpose to hold them in place. Located in Florida, it still gets frosty here. And it’s important to protect plants from the cold

Frost Blankets

I have a few warm-season plants growing this month – bell peppers, tomatoes, and basil. Warm-season crops risk being damaged if they’re not protected from the cold. I’m thankful to prolong my growing seasons with frost blankets.

Bell peppers in the garden

I’d love to hear what you grew in December! Comment below. 😊

Wherever you are in the world, I wish you health and happiness. ❤️

Until next time, Happy Gardening!

Daisies in the garden

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