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Tomatoes, Herbs, and a Meow

This year I have so much to be thankful for. Last Spring I moved in with my amazing girlfriend Jae, we adopted our kitten Miso over the summer, and this fall I joined Sköna where I have been able to do what I love with a group of incredibly talented people. There are a lot of small and large victories in between like building a raised bed planter and making it out to Hawaii for my first time. All in all, I'm pretty stoked on how 2015 is wrapping up.

As the New Year approaches, it's time to start thinking about new additions to the garden. The Fall harvest is over, my tomatoes are pushing out their final round of fruit, the peas broke off the trellis during last weeks wind storm, and my herbs are starting to look a little sad. I'm giving all my garden residents the benefit of the doubt but it might be time to do some early spring cleaning and bring in some fresh produce. My plan is to first clear out a large planter on the side of the house which is currently hosting a giant woody shrub. Over the last year I've been using this planter as a dumping ground for our compost with the idea that I'll be able to grow gourds, cucumber, and some larger leaf plants in that space. Moving my larger vegetables into this lower planter will free up room in my raised beds for more herbs, tomatoes, and leafy greens. I'm looking to fill out the second bed with peppers, garlic, and onions to try my hand at pickling this summer.

Winter is an exciting time in the garden. In California we don't have to worry too much about frost so I tend to try and get my plants in the ground around February. Although growth is slow, it's a great time to start planning for next seasons harvest. 

Cheers to a festive and bountiful new year!