Fall-Winter gardening and squirrels are EVIL

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Onion SeedlingThe Darwinistic garden is still going. No pesticides, no fertilizer, hardly any watering, and nothing in nice rows. I don't really do much with it, except cut back, which does help. Sometimes I try to stop the furry little agents of EVIL from digging up my %$@! seedlings. I have some netting over some pots to keep the squirrels from digging up the seedlings that have popped up, but the little devils have figured out how to undermine that effort. Bastards!

The adult sized arugula is going fine. I've used it like spinach when cooking and have thrown bits of it in pasta sauce. Which reminds me, I should have planted spinach, this would have been a great time for it. I'm hoping to try making a curry with it and trying to can it in the pressure canner.

The herbs are great, I now have the Help making use of them. He's figuring out what main herbs are freshly available, so he doesn't make the mistake of buying them, as those things are pricey. I've been making use of the bunches and bunches of parsely and mint to make tabloueh, with the remaining tomatoes that are getting red in the window sill.

The onions are getting fewer in number and everything else I make ramen soup with, and this is why I hate the squirrels.  I buy lots of onion seed, and I broadcast it in the pots and on the ground. In some spots other plants shade the onion seedlings. In other spots the squirrels dig and dislodge the seedlings and they die. I use fresh spring onion in my ramen soup, along with green bean (that's nearing the end of its life cycle) and I'm running out of onions in the yard. A few more batches of soup and I'm going to have to start buying onions.

The salad green seeds I planted in late summer and through fall are doing well, I just need to thin them for dinner. Thinning helps the neighboring greens get bigger. As I mentioned the arugula is doing well, but the Help does not like it raw, too spicy. The mache or corn salad is doing fine and can survive the winter snows, just don't try to harvest them when the ground is frozen.

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