The December Garden


| 11/19/2013 10:33:00 AM


Tags: winter garden, CSA, Ohio, Melodie Metje,

December is a time of digging in and staying warm. There is still life in the garden! In the beds and pots, kale, cabbage, salad burnet, sorrel, rosemary, oregano, garlic, onions, lettuce, leeks, chard, dill, celery, carrots, spinach are all still green in December.Salad Burnet

Fresh herbs are just steps away from the back door.  Thyme, oregano, chives, winter savory, sorrel, sage, onions, rosemary, lavender are all still harvestable in the early December garden.  I have picked fresh herbs for Christmas dinner many years in our Zone 6 garden.

You can also grow most herbs indoors as well like chives, parsley, oregano, rosemary, parsley, chervil, and basil. Just place your potted herbs in a sunny window. If you are using a greenhouse, your kale, celery, mustard, lettuce, chard, spinach, cabbage, broccoli are still happy under cover. They will not grow much until sunlight gets back to 10 hours per day in late January.  

All cold crops are at their sweetest during the cold weather. They make great salads and are tasty steamed or braised.

The Buying Local Option

There are several winter farmers markets across the country nowadays. Check out www.localharvest.org for one near you.  This is a great place to see what grows well in your area in the winter. Local farmers are almost always willing to share what they know and give tips on the varieties they have had the best luck with.

CSA

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is where you invest in a local farmer in January when they have to purchase their seeds and supplies for the upcoming gardening season. You then get a weekly share of the farmers harvest from May through October.




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