Fall Is a Great Time to Start a Winter Garden

If you happen to live in an area that has a fairly mild climate, meaning you aren’t buried in snow all winter long, then fall is a wonderful time to plant a winter garden. Imagine how excellent freshly picked greens and winter vegetables will taste when they come straight from your own garden. Let’s look at ways to prepare the soil for a winter garden as well as several types of vegetables to plant that thrive in cool temperatures.

Prepare the garden:
  • Pull out any of the summer vegetables — such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant — that are no longer producing, and add these to your compost pile.
  • Dig up and remove invasive weeds so they don’t go to seed and take hold again.
  • Turn the soil over and add manure, compost, and other natural soil enhancers. Once mixed, the soil should look and smell rich and deep.
  • Make rows, plant your seeds, and watch them sprout. When the plants grow big enough, be sure to mulch around them to help conserve moisture.
Many nutrient-dense greens go to seed and become bitter during the hot months, but they are sweet and grow superbly in the winter. Root vegetables grow well in the winter and are quite tasty.

Leafy and green vegetables to plant:
  • A variety of lettuces and arugula.
  • Kale, Swiss chard, spinach, celery, and endive.
  • Broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.
Root vegetables to plant:
  • Carrots, parsnips, beets, and potatoes.
  • Radishes, turnips, and rutabagas.
Preparing and planting a garden in the fall to reap the benefits in a few months is a rewarding experience.