Winter gardening is not as difficult as most people think. There are fewer weeds to worry about than during other seasons. Winter vegetables also require less water than their summer counterparts. Low light levels from the shorter days cut down on evaporation and can even eliminate the need for watering from mid-November to mid-February in most areas of the country.
Winter Protection Devices
Should winter gardeners grow different crops depending on their climate? Not necessarily. You can grow the same crops if you use a winter-protection device, such as: a cold frame, a greenhouse, the quick-hoop system, or just a layer or two of floating row cover, often called Reemay. All of these devices capture some of the earth’s natural warmth, especially at night, and block the chilling, drying effect of wind. Many winter gardeners said that growing in a greenhouse had been their best garden investment.
No matter where you live, you can grow cold-hardy winter vegetables that have proven they can take biting temperatures. Interestingly, many of the vegetables need that snap of cold weather to deliver their unique taste. Winter vegetables sweeten with the cold. If you’ve ever tasted a winter-pulled carrot or winter-cut spinach, you’re familiar with the treasures winter gardening can bring. Read more