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In the fall we had this crazy early cold snap and I ran out to make sure the kids had hats to keep their little heads warm. They have had no reason to put them on since then. As most have you have probably heard, it has been anything but cold here in California. Our warm winter, while nice in some ways, may prove to be disastrous come this summer. The garden, in this unrelenting warm, dry winter, is acting as though it were late spring.

All of my broccoli has either gone to flower or is about to. The aphids are multiplying like crazy. And just yesterday I noticed the first spots of powdery mildew on the pea vines. The mildew usually does not make an appearance until March or April.

The winter garden is making an early exit, so I had better acknowledge some of its successes before it is gone. I harvested my first head of cauliflower ever. It was about the size of my fist.IMG_3580

I also have three gorgeous heads of cabbage, which should be ready to harvest in just a few days.


The garlic is coming along. Almost all of it made it out of the ground. My fingers are crossed for nice good-sized heads. The dry weather will make this harder to achieve.


The garden is giving us a steady supply of kale and Swiss chard. We have also been enjoying lettuce, carrots, radishes, peas, and turnips.

I haven’t decided what to do about the summer garden. It will probably be smaller due to water conservation efforts. I will be planting drought resistant beneficials in my less productive beds. In the mean time, I will let the winter garden run its course, plan carefully for the next few seasons, and wait for the onions and garlic to bulb.

If you garden in California I would love to hear whether or not you are changing your gardening plans due to the drought.