On Growing Vegetables Through the Winter Months

Winter gardening is an excellent way to ensure you can bring in some fresh vegetables to your table all year round. While you may have thought gardening was only done in the summer months, you will be surprised at how much you can get done this time of year. Read on to find out what you need to do to be an "all-year-round" gardener.

But hold on...what can be grown in winter? If you're a "fair weather" spring and summer gardener, you probably have never considered growing vegetables through winter...but there are plenty of veggies you can plant and grow: garlic, onions, carrots, asparagus, peas, broadbeans, perpetual spinach and even pak choi! Whether you use an allotment or a garden, you can grow veggies all year round.

The first thing to remember when gardening in winter is perhaps the most obvious one: you have a limited amount of daylight in which to do your planting and harvesting. If you're busy with a day job, this might limit you to gardening only on the weekends - so plan ahead in that respect.

Your seeds should be sown in a sunny location so they will receive the right amount of that limited winter sunlight. You should also fertilize the seeds in advance to insure the best chance for success. Remember that if you do fall short of what your plants need, the seeds will likely die.

You can also buy fertilizers that are specifically made for winter gardening. Make sure that the fertilizers you buy do not contain chemicals, however. This would be very bad for your plants as it can be harmful to the plants, as well as you.

Winter gardening is a wonderful time to put in some extra effort and make sure that you are growing things that are hardy enough to survive in the colder months. There are plenty of places that you can grow your plants and you can even buy seeds if you prefer. Just be sure that you are careful and choose a variety that can handle cold temperatures. Winter gardening is a lot of fun and a great way to show off your gardening skills to friends and family.

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