You Can Grow Your Garden During the Winter

Some people seem to have gotten the impression that all your gardening activities stop during the winter periods. But that’s not correct.

I just read a fine article by Faith Fernandez on how you can take care of your garden during the colder months of the year.

You Can Grow Your Garden During the Winter
You Can Grow Your Garden During the Winter

The first thing you can do is to protect your plants against cold and maybe even frost, if you live in a cold climate. But how can you do that?
One way is to heap mulch around the roots of your plants. If you have potted plants it’s a good idea to take them inside during the cold months.

But protecting your more fragile plants isn’t the only thing you can do in your garden during the winter. I know that this may come as a surprise to some people, but you can actually grow plants – vegetables and flowers – in your garden during the winter.

Of course you can’t grow just any kind of plant during the winter, but Faith Fernandez mentions such plants as broccoli, spinach, collards, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These plants can actually be sown during the winter. And one of the advantages of doing this is that your plants are not as vulnerable against pests and plant diseases as they are if you sow them in the warmer months. Again, this may surprise many people, but to me this has given Organic Gardening a completely new perspective.

If you want to protect your plants during the winter you can also grow your plants in a greenhouse or a hothouse, if you have one. Another solution is to use raised containers that protect your vegetables and flowers against frost in the soil.

You can read Faith’s article here, if you like:
http://organicgardentip.blogspot.com/2010/09/organic-gardening-in-winter-fridays.html

Best,
Anette

Turned their front yard into a blooming garden

It’s really amazing what you can do with the surplus places in your yard. I just read the really inspiring story, written by Leslie Kuss, about a couple that turned their front yard into a blooming garden with lots of vegetables. Some years ago John and Barbara Ashby decided to change this part of their site. They cut down two trees that stood in front of their house. Then they also dropped their lawn. After they had removed both the trees and their lawn they began to turn the front yard into a garden with vegetables. Their aim was to let their new garden come as close to an organic garden as possible. No chemicals there.

In order to get the best results from their garden they decided to grow the plants in four larger, raised beds. In these beds they grow such vegetables as cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, lettuces, peppers, squash and tomatoes. And to the side they have also placed some smaller beds. In the smaller beds John and Barbara grow squash and melons. According to the article, last year John produced about 750 pounds of vegetables and fruits. The costs? Just $150 that the couple spent on compost, a few plants and some seeds. That’s all. Quite impressive when you consider how much they’ve gotten in return.

You can read the rest of this inspiring account here:
http://www.davislifemagazine.com/2010/07/parterre-of-plenty/

Best,
Anette