Are You Growing Anything Outdoors This Time of Year?

| 12/30/2009 11:25:36 AM

Tags: winter, greenhouses, question to readers,

For most of us gardening is a distant memory (or maybe a New Year's resolution!) by now. But we could learn a lot from the brave souls who manage to coax something out of the ground (or a greenhouse) even in the bitter cold. If you're an intrepid winter gardener, please share some cold-weather gardening tips with the rest of us in the comments section below.

Dave Pierce_4
2/8/2010 8:04:42 AM

here in n.w. florida, all my regular winter veggies (lettuce,cauliflower, brocoli, cabbage, collards, onions ,and garlic) are still going strong. we did have about 2 1/2 weeks of real cold (lows in the 10's - 20's / highs in the 30's) slowed them down to a crawl. they have made a full recovery.

The Webb Lake Woodtick_2
1/29/2010 10:45:11 AM

Are you kidding? it's -16 degrees here in the northwoods of Wisconsin. The only thing we're growing outside is ICE! Spring is a long ways off . . . .

1/28/2010 11:46:03 AM

I have four cold frames made out of wooden frames and shower doors. I've got kale, beets, mesculn, cilantro, and indian mustard growing in them. Just ate a homegrown salad yesterday. I've also dug up carrots and parsnips this past week. Parsnips were sown in the spring(about 9 months ago) and have overwintered beautifully. The carrots were sown in early fall and are now an inch in diameter. I live in North/Central OK and we've had plenty of miserable weather but my winter crops are protected (mulch or cold frames) and are doing just fine. Other people living in zones 6-7 can try similar crops as long as you plant in a sunny location and check moisture in soil frequently.

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