Four Season Garden Explained

| 1/7/2014 10:01:00 AM

January is the time of dreaming and planning for your spring garden.  All the seed companies begin sending out their catalogs for seeds and plants this month.   It is an exciting time for browsing the magazines and making the garden plan for the upcoming year!Cold season veggies

As you are planning for the upcoming garden season, think beyond just spring and summer vegetables.  Fall and winter are also available to extend fresh produce.  French and Italian gardeners have been using all four seasons for generations in their kitchen (potager) gardens.

Four Season Garden Explained Simply

You hear people talk about a four season garden.  This just means growing a garden that you can harvest from in all four season-spring, summer, fall and winter. 

Crops fall into 2 categories-cold season crops and warm season crops.  Cold season crops are those that prefer when temperatures are cool.  When warm temperatures hit (80’s), the cold crops “bolt” which is simply sending up a flower stalk to make seeds.

Warm season crops are those that abhor frost or getting their feet chilly.  Most of the warm season crops are killed by frost and won’t grow until the soil is nice and warm.  

10/1/2018 12:17:51 AM

Article is a teaser - doesn't provide adequate information to act upon. In a climate where gardening 9-12 months/year is possible, a complex crop rotation scheme is mandatory. Most sources discussing rotation do not cover 4year (or longer) plan allowing 3+ crops annually. Sources do not include flowers and herbs that are interplanted in rotation - but certainly should; doe not address differences between same USDA and Heat zones in the west vs south - but humidity, both average annual low and high temps acid or alkaline, sandy or clay soils affect nutrient uptake, which are factors to take into account in rotation schedules. Rotation schedules recommend 3-year minimum between plants with same susceptibilities yet also recommend planting legume families much more frequently - without adequate explanation why it's OK to violate the rotation rules for those plants. Some plans separate the mustard family into 2 groups, some plans based on families, yet other plans follow the roots/leaves/feeder scheme regardless of plant family relationships. When I lived in a zone 5 in eastern Washington, rotations were easy; ditto with zone 8 in Chico, CA. But now I'm in zone 8B with sandy soil in Ga 15 miles from the Florida border. GA extension folks mostly ignore us below Macon and conditions are enough different from Tallahassee and Jacksonville FL that I'm still struggling. Help!

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