What a frigid winter! Our friends enduring snow have been asking about their winter gardening options. It is easy to think that our gardening habits here in California cannot be sustained in cold temperatures. On the contrary, you can become the neighbor that harvests on a snow day! We decided to begin the year sharing some cold weather tips for growing an organic garden.
If you are new to winter gardening, know that it takes some planning, and a cold frame – to protect the crops – and seeds. Then you can begin sowing mâche, carrots, leeks, and brussel sprouts. It is quite possible to grow your own food and enjoy an organic garden in the winter. Here are 30 vegetables that tolerate cold – arugula, beet greens, broccoli raab, carrots, chard, chicory, claytonia, collards, dandelion, endive, escarole, garlic greens, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mâche, minutina, mizuna, mustard greens, bok choy, parsley, radicchio, radish, scallions, sorrel, spinach, tatsoi, turnips, and watercress.
How does one sow in the snow? Plant seeds on bare ground only – not under two feet of snow. Easier crops to start include bloomsdale spinach, breadseed poppy mix, mâche, chives, and calendula starters.
What questions do you have about growing food in the winter months? Our gardeners like Ryan and Megan in Minnesota are here to help.
We are excited for what 2018 brings. We know for sure that we will continue working to install a million organic gardens by 2020. Will you be one in a million?