Well I have my list and schedule ready…
Ready for winter gardening that is!
I have a chart from Territorial Seed that tells me when to sow and transplant for fall, winter, and early spring harvest. I am determined that this year my garden harvest will not end with summer. No I want to harvest fresh produce year round. This is not only a nutritional decision but also and economic one. With organic produce having such a premium price in our small town it only makes sense for me to utilize the garden throughout the winter. Besides living in the very temperate Pacific Northwest gives me no excuse to not!
Here is my plan…
Start sprouting broccoli and cabbage in the next couple of weeks for August and September planting out.
Start Collard in July for transplanting in September
Large crop of beets goes in in July for harvest all winter
Plant more Kale in June and July for fall into winter harvest
Direct seed Swiss Chard also in June and July
Plant Spinach in July and August for fall and early winter harvest
Sew an entire 4x 12 bed with carrots in September for winter and spring eating
Garlic goes in in October
I’m trying to figure out the best time to plant a fall sown crop of snap peas…maybe late August?
I’m going to try a few new things like turnips and parsnips…and if I get really adventurous I might in plant some Kohlrabi, which I haven’t had since I was a kid!
I know I will have to cover some of these crops for frost protection and others for pests…but I’m certain the little extra effort will pay off with healthy delicious produce directly from my garden during the cold days of winter!
So…have you thought about a winter garden? If so what are you planting? And if you are a veteren, what tips and advice do you have for us beginners?
Now that my winter garden is planned I’m going to go out and enjoy the first few days of summer with my little garden helper!