The seedlings are doing well, and I keep planting something or another every few days it seems. There will be a lot of extra! I love to give surplus plants to fellow gardeners, and we like to experiment here, planting some things outside the deer fence to learn more about what the deer might leave alone.
The garden mostly gets left to it's own devices through the winter, and I start to see it with new eyes as the weather warms up.
What had seemed like a sad lot of survivors back in the early fall, turned out not to be so sad after all.
Recently we have been harvesting beets, leeks, turnips, potatoes, brussels sprouts raab, kale raab and leaf, and we're already enjoying an abundance of fresh herbs with our meals.
And speaking of starts, for those of you who are planting them, I wanted to share a simple, useful recycling tip before I finish up today.
After trying a number of different materials over the years, I have found that waxed paper cartons make excellent plant labels (they are shown in use in the image above). Simply rinse and dry your empty container, cut it open, and fill out your labels with a sharpie. The waxed surface is waterproof and the heavy paper is pretty sturdy. You can cut them to any size or shape you need and then recycle what's left over.
A lot of the labels I made last year are still in great shape, and could be used again this year. And when you're done with them, they are completely biodegradable!