On today’s episode of Plain Gardening we revisit the Seed to Table Garden in the Renaissance Park—formerly Orange Grove--area of downtown Mobile.
Bill Finch of Mobile Botanical Gardens showed us around this garden six months ago. At that time, Renaissance Park residents were stacking up long rows of leaves; leaves are organic matter that breaks down into topsoil naturally. The piles here started out three or more feet high, but within a month or two had shrunk down to about a foot of healthy soil.
At that point it’s time to plant directly into the leaf piles…no tilling needed.
Fast forward another month or two and we’re in what very well may be the prettiest vegetable garden in Mobile! There are collards, beautiful kale, lettuce, turnips, mustard greens--and all this in the middle of December.
We’ve already experienced our first frost and freeze, but Bill says it’s still a great time to plant leafy vegetables on the Gulf Coast. Leafy plants do well here in winter and are easy to grow. Plants that produce fruit don’t do as well in winter because there isn’t enough sunlight. But it’s not too late, even now to plant some winter vegetables like twenty-five Renaissance Park residents did here.