Winter Gardening Tips for Better Soil and Harvests

Learn how to improve garden soil, encourage beneficial insects and wildlife, and enjoy a year-round garden harvest by using these expert winter gardening tips and planting the best crops for a cold-weather harvest.



Try these winter gardening tips. Even in winter your garden can be growing and producing cold-hardy crops. Thick mulch will build soil and protect beneficial organisms necessary for next spring’s plantings. The mulched soil itself is a perfect storage place for your fall-grown root vegetables.
Try these winter gardening tips. Even in winter your garden can be growing and producing cold-hardy crops. Thick mulch will build soil and protect beneficial organisms necessary for next spring’s plantings. The mulched soil itself is a perfect storage place for your fall-grown root vegetables.
Illustration by Elayne Sears
Store carrots, turnips, beets and potatoes directly in the garden in rodent-proof, ventilated containers, covered with straw or leaves stuffed into plastic garbage bags.
Store carrots, turnips, beets and potatoes directly in the garden in rodent-proof, ventilated containers, covered with straw or leaves stuffed into plastic garbage bags.
Illustration by Elayne Sears

















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