While not as safe from critters as planting in the greenhouse, planting in a wine barrel worked out pretty well for me this winter.
I learned three things while using the wine barrel for my winter garden. The first was a bit of a surprise.
Despite my previous experiences, I discovered that I actually like
radishes. Don’t get me wrong. I am not a fan of spicy radishes; but
rather, at least to me, chopped up and stir-fried radishes are really
good. Unlike in the heat of the greenhouse, the lettuce that grew in the
wine barrel was very thick and dark. But also unlike the greenhouse,
the squirrels bit through the barrel lettuce - so I didn’t get to enjoy
much of that.
The last thing I learned
from my winter garden was that I can actually grow carrots here in the
Bay Area. Howbeit I am starting off with hybrid carrots, hopefully
sometime in the future I can ease into a vigorous open-pollinated
Overall, I'm grateful for the opportunity to garden in a wine barrel this last winter. Despite the occasional attacks from the squirrels, we managed to realize a bountiful harvest.