Most gardeners plant their veggies in the spring and harvest everything near the end of September. The summer months have the best temperatures and you will do more gardening in the summer but that doesn’t meant that you can’t grow veggies in the winter. In the fall you should be preparing your soil for winter and the following spring but you can still continue to grow veggies long beyond September. Let us show you how.
Beyond the Fall
There are season extenders that you can use in winter to keep your plants warm and it will protect them from the elements like wind and snow. You have options when it comes to size you have a ton of options. There are small row covers that will cover a couple of your plants or you can get a bigger system like a green house where you can work inside. With a portable greenhouse even the winter sun will keep your plants at a warm enough temperature to grow. However the temps will drop at night so you should choose plants that have some resistance to the cold.
Planting in the Fall
There are several types of veggies that you can plant in the fall or even later in the winter. These are referred to as “cold season” plants, these are meant to be planted late in the year and don’t grow as well in the spring. If you are using beds that have been used in the summer then you want make sure the any of the dead plant matter left behind. Just like in the spring you will need to till the earth and use compost. You can also add some fertilizer if you need to.
Cold Weather Plants
If you want fresh vegetables in the winter some of the best winter veggies are root vegetables or tubers. You can get potatoes started and have them ready while everyone else is just starting to plant. Broccoli and cabbages are also vegetables that do well in colder weather. Make sure to keep the plants from freezing by either using a green house or cold covers.
Winter gardening is a way to keep you in fresh vegetables throughout the year. Not only that you can still get out into the garden and play in the dirt even in the winter months. Follow these tips and you will have a bumper crop of vegetables for you and your family to enjoy.