Your Guide to Winter Gardening in the South and Southwest


| 11/2/2020 12:05:00 PM


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We’re officially in the thick of fall season, with the smell of cinnamon, decaying leaves, and wood smoke perfuming the air. Next thing you know, winter will come sweeping in, blanketing the ground with cold, white snow.

In the South, though, these changes in temperature and scenery aren’t as extreme. Though the temperatures will drop, southern states usually get only a light dusting of snow. This kind of weather makes winter gardening perfect in the region.

The Winter Gardening Tools You’ll Need

Because the winter weather is trickier than spring, you’ll need some helpful tools and gardening methods for your winter garden. Gardening with these will help your crops thrive, despite chilly temperatures.

Raised beds. Southern winter weather can make it very challenging for plants in the ground to survive. Rain and melted snow are known to saturate the soil, which can cause root rot. To prevent roots from rotting in cold or soggy soil, make sure you plant your winter crops in raised garden beds



Irrigation. While watering by hand is doable, it’s not ideal as crops grow, especially when you need to make sure the water reaches all of your plant’s roots. Garden watering systems simplify this process for you and surround all of your plants at ground-level with water streams, making soil moisture maintenance easy. Moist soil maintains temperature better than dry, giving you some added protection during cold weather. 

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11/3/2020 9:28:06 PM

I am trying cabbage in 15-gallon grow pots and so far so good. The plants have already spanned the 18-inch diameter of the pot. I have carrots, radish, spinach and still have some jalapenos on the vine. USDA Zone 9b-Northern California






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