Winter Gardens in Northern Climates?
Summer is almost over, time to start to get ready for Winter Gardens.
There is nothing like the taste of home grown veggies and the feeling of accomplishment that all the tending and cultivating has finally paid off. Gardening is a very popular activity but generally thought to be limited by the onset of fall, especially in the colder northern climates.
Winter Gardens are possible in colder areas.
More and more people are successfully growing vegetable year round. This article as well as the one following will discuss some of the concerns that needed to be addressed, what types of plants are considered cold hardy, and where you can go to learn more about how you can have a winter garden.
People today are more aware of and concerned about what they are consuming. They question how the produce they eat has been handled and what could have possibly been sprayed on it. Seeking to capitalize on this trend many stores now carry organically grown produce, often selling at a higher price.
This is one of the driving forces behind the increased popularity of gardening and the interest of winter gardens.
If they grow their own produce, they can control how it is handled.
Which brings us back to ways to extend the growing season, especially in northern climates to make winter gardening possible. A greenhouse is a great way to start seeds and tomatoes early in the spring to give them a head start before setting them out after the danger of frost has past. So it was natural to wonder if a greenhouse could be modified so that seeds could be planted and grown to harvest during the coldest part of the winter.
And there were other concerns to consider: One of the concerns was how to handle the fact that the winter season would be reversed—the days growing shorter not longer, and the temperature growing colder not warmer. There was also the concern about whether the plants would be able to survive without additional heat. Additional heat would add significantly to the cost of growing the plants and could actually make it impractical to do.
In the next article we will discuss some tips and techniques to help your winter garden to be successful. We will also share a list of some cold hardy vegetables to include in your winter garden.