Winter Garden Wonderland

As fall approaches, we have seen the cold and hazy mornings creep upon us. Some of us have already planted our Winter gardens, but if you haven’t here are some ideas help get inspired.

The broad rule of winter crops is stuff that you eat the leaves of, spinach, etc. Stuff you eat the mature fruit is harder to grow in winter, tomatoes, etc. The stuff you eat the flowers of, like broccoli, or the roots, like carrots, work well too in winter.

Winter gardening can be very enjoyable. The hot summer days have passed, the days are cooler, so spending an afternoon in the garden is comfortable. These cooler conditions are great for crops like, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Peas, Cauliflower, Broccoli, root vegetables, Potatoes, Beets, Carrots, Turnips, the list goes on! Cabbages even taste better when grown in colder weather. Great winter crops as well are garlic, onions, and shallots!

With the pesky intruders in the garden, remember to cover your lettuces, kales, spinach and any young small leafy greens. I have found that using upside down metal trash cans work, or food picnic covers can deter those critters from enjoying a salad bar on you!

Happy Gardening!

Mary Church

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