Springtime is basically here, at least here in my hot brown infested zone. I've been semi-randomly throwing seeds into the ground at various points in the last few weeks, basically just hoping to have some real plants competing with all these fucking weeds. here's a report:
PEQUIN PEPPERS - none of the seeds that I put in the ground sprouted. I was able to sprout some in an indoor greenhouse setup, then transferred the plants outside. They haven't rotted away but they also haven't gotten any bigger. Hopefully the plants will start puffing up with more sunlight now.
VARIOUS OTHER PEPPERS - planted seeds but nothing sprouted. I'm somewhat hopeful that the seeds are just sleeping due to low soil temp and that I'll get some sprouty bois within the next couple weeks.
BEANS - Beans have been my main success for winter planting. These sprouty bois get big real fast and don't seem to mind the cold. Going to plant a bunch of different types. Might need to get some form of barrier, some type of critter around seems to munch bean plants but I haven't caught anything in the act exactly to know for sure.
BLUEBERRIES - these are blooming, kind of cool. My plants are small and not well planted, they didn't seem to do anything over the last 9 months. Nice to see they're awake. Not sure if I'll actually get berries out of it, since only one plant out of 2 is blooming and... pollination... and stuff...
ALPINE STRAWBERRIES - happily producing fruit all through the winter. nice. Seems to be a lagged model, where a patch of sunny weather ~3 weeks ago gets turned into berries. When the weather turns cold and cloudy, it will continue to mature the current berries, but won't bake any new flowers until it gets warm again.
Alpine strawberry plants don't send out "runners" like June berries do, but I've found them very easy to propagate by simply stepping on berries and swishing the mush into the dirt, as long as the ground stays moist. A couple lil' bois now growing near my main plants thanks to this technique.
REGULAR STRAWBERRIES - some of these gave off a few berries in November. One plant is still producing a handful of occasional berries now in January, but they keep getting holes eaten in them by ants, while still on the plant.
POTATOES - I left some potatoes in the ground, unharvested from last season. The tops of the plants died off back a couple months ago. I'm hoping to see some potato sprouts soon.
WEEDS - tons and tons of little shit-assed fake carrot plants with purple flowers. Haven't figured out the real name for this plant yet. Also taking care to eradicate FUCKING CHEESEWEED sprouts anywhere I see them (malva parviflora), since those little asshole plants are drought-resistant and build big underground taproot networks that make them a pain to dig up once they're established. Only spotted one or two FUCKING BINDWEED shoots so far - had a bunch last summer, not sure how much the problem is solved vs. the plants are just sleeping till it gets warmer to start fucking up my shit.