February in My Garden February 8, 2013 By Erin Huffstetler Leave a Comment A small portion of our strawberry patch. It won’t be long before it springs back into action! Swiss chard isn’t supposed to be perennial in my zone, but I have rebel plants. We have two grape arbors. This year I’m netting them, so the squirrels don’t get to them before I do. Lots of new growth on my apricot bushes. Could this be the year that they finally give us fruit? These apple trees (they’re the little stick guys at the front of the picture) are the same age as the apricots, but they still have plenty of growing to do. This time of year, our hollies provide lots of food for the birds. It’s not much to look at now, but this bed will be overflowing with fresh herbs in a couple months. Looks like my rosemary (in the terra cotta pot) has overwintered nicely. I think the lavender (behind it) did a good job of protecting it. Apparently my parsley didn’t get the memo about it being winter. And neither did my chives. I grow burgundy peonies and coleus in these raised beds, but before they come up, I’ll be growing lettuce and radishes in them. I grow my tomatoes in a water trough, along with a few herbs. Can’t wait until it’s time to plant them again. Our maypoles are cleaned off, and ready to grow peas (and later loofah sponges). I have a couple oak logs seasoning in the yard, I’ll be growing mushrooms on them in the fall. When the weather’s nice, I move my office outdoors. We built this tree house a few years back. The tin roof was salvaged from an old barn that was being torn down.