Growing Veggies in Fall and Winter


For years we’ve been planting our vegetable garden in spring and summer, enjoying the bounty until it runs out or the plants die with the first frosts of fall.

We’ve used mulch and row cover to extend the harvest a bit, but we’ve never had anything fresh from the garden past October.

The only garden produce we’d eat for the rest of the year was whatever had been frozen, canned, dehydrated, or stored away in a root cellar.

This year that’s going to change. Even in our four-season climate, it’s possible to harvest fresh veggies not only in the summer and fall, but all year round. We’re going to get in on the fun. 

 fall pea crop   

Late planting of peas for fall crop.  

All it takes is careful planning and some kind of protection against the elements of winter.  

Over at our family blog, Rural Living Today, we’ve been discussing fall and winter gardening. First we reviewed a great book that had inspired us. Niki Jabbour, author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, raises fresh greens and other veggies during Nova Scotia’s true winters. She got us thinking maybe we could, too.

As we gathered more information and planned our strategy, we put together a brief introduction to cold-season gardening. We’ll continue to blog with more details, ideas, and suggestions from a number of sources.

Fall gardening includes both extending the harvest of summer crops and planting specifically for fall production.  

8/31/2013 8:37:32 AM

I would like an idea on how to keep the cloches like #2 (the open top) on the ground. We have a lot of random wind here, and light things like that just get blown away.

11/9/2012 11:48:58 AM

Thanks, for the inspiration, Marie! I have been wanting to try winter gardening for a long time now. Food for thought... :)

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