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Winter Garden: Tips for the Urban Gardener

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Are you looking forwards to start a winter garden in your urban home? Yes, it’s possible! That’s why, if you want to learn more, just check out this blog post of mine! I have long wanted to grow plants indoors during the winter season. However, I was not specialist about cool season crops to plant but with few attempts and experience, here are my winter gardening tips.

Starting a Winter Garden

Winter garden may seem like a complicated idea. However,  think about the ample of time that you actually have during winter breaks. You might as well want to use it to make up for lost gardening time for your indoor garden plants during busy days!

Remember, gardening cannot be stopped by the biting frost. This is because growing winter garden plants can be a year-round thing. Also, generating a winter garden is one fine way of sustaining a gardening revolution for the whole year.

But before you start digging up for your winter garden, it is important thing to do some research. This should be done especially if you do not consider yourself an expert yet in growing vegetables indoors.

Winter Garden Ideas

There are basically a lot of factors that need to be considered in planning your winter garden and growing winter greens. Also, you have to be careful when choosing your winter garden plants.

Most importantly, know which winter plants for garden are okay for planting a winter vegetable garden.

There are also significant aspects to deal with in building your winter garden. These often include plant hardiness zones, knowing your zone (since winter doesn’t come simultaneously in all zones), and your garden patch.

You should also have knowledge about winter plants for garden and the right coverings for them.

WINTER GARDEN PLANTS

There are three categories for winter garden plants; the slow maturing, middle maturing and quickly maturing.

Slow Maturing Cold-Hardy Crops

Winter garden plants that usually mature in approximately 100 days.   .

Beets

  • Albina Verduna
  • Lutz Winterkeeper

Brussels Sprout

  • Jade Cross

Cabbage

  • January King
  • Marabel

Carrots

  • Scarlet Nantes
  • Autumn King
  • Danvers
  • Oxheart

Onion

  • Walla Walla

Parsnip

  • Hallow Crown
  • Lancer

Middle Maturing Winter Garden Plants

These crops approximately mature in 55-70 days.

Kale

  • Vates
  • Lacinato
  • Siberian
  • Winterbore
  • Westland Winter

Radish

  • Daikon
  • Tinto
  • D’Avignon
  • Cherry Belle

Turnips

  • Golden Globe
  • Hakurei
  • White Egg
  • Colletto Viola

Collards

  • Blue Max
  • Morris Heading
  • Winner

Chard

  • Green Types
  • Verde de Taglio
  • Fordhook Giant

Leeks

  • Blue-green varieties
  • Lexton
  • Tadorna
  • King Richard
  • Bandit
  • Lincoln
  • American Flag
  • Alaska
  • Durabel
  • Kohlrabi

    • Azur Star
    • Kalibri

Scallion

  • White Lisbon

Quickly Maturing Winter Garden Plants

These winter plants for garden usually mature in approximately 40 days.

 Salad Greens

  • Dandelion
  • Escarole
  • Mache
  • Mustard Greens
  • Tatsoi

Bok Choi

  • Mei Qing Choi

Lettuce

  • Marvel of Four Seasons
  • Romaine
  • Leaf
  • Winter Density
  • Lollo

Spinach

  • Savoy Types
  • Winter Doomsdale
  • Tyee
  • Giant Winter
  • Tarpy
  • Olympia

Chicory

  • Raddichio
  • Sugar Loaf

Arugula

  • Astro
  • Sylvetta

Endive

  • Perfect
  • President
  • De Meaux

  PLANT HARDINESS ZONE MAP FOR PLANTING A WINTER VEGETABLE GARDEN

 Source: http://www.ecology.com/2012/01/26/plant-hardiness-map/

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map serves as a standard for winter plants for garden and growers. Through it, they can determine the location wherein winter garden plants are most likely to thrive.

Hardiness zone map for planting a winter vegetable garden is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature. This often is divided into 10-degree F zones.

The 1st frost date for Zone 4 is September 15 for planting a winter vegetable garden. Also, slowly maturing winter plants for garden could be planted by June 1, middle maturing in July 1 and quickly maturing winter garden plants must be planted by August 1.

Furthermore, hoop tunnel or unheated greenhouse is the best season extenders for this particular zone in planting a winter vegetable garden.

Zones 5, 6, and 7’s 1st frost date is October 15. Plant the slowly maturing winter garden plants by July 1, middle maturing by August. You should plant quickly maturing winter plants for garden by September 1.

For Zone 8, the 1st frost date is November 15. August 1 is the best date in planting a winter vegetable garden of slowly maturing winter plants for garden.

September 1 is the best for middle-maturing and October 1 for quickly maturing. Mulch and row are best season extender cover for this zone on planting a winter vegetable garden.

Zone 9 will have its 1st frost date by December 1. It’s best to plant slowly-maturing winter plants for garden by September 1. Middle maturing winter plants should be planted in the garden by October 1.

Quickly maturing crops should be planted by November 1. Mulch, row and cloche coverings can be combined as season extenders in planting a winter vegetable garden.

Summing It All Up

By following these guides, your winter garden will surely flourish. It will definitely give you a non-stop supply of winter plants for garden for the whole year. You can also avoid gardening mistakes. Not to mention, having a winter garden is very beneficial for urban gardeners in a lot of ways.

Not only that you will have a productive winter season for planting a winter vegetable garden. A winter garden can also help you relax and be productive during the cold days. It’s a great exercise for you to have a cool backyard garden.

Most importantly, DIY garden ideas will also save you from all the expenses of buying vegetables in supermarkets.

There are many benefits of growing your own food in your indoor garden. Good luck on your journey of planting a winter vegetable garden in your winter garden plots whole year round! Check out this cool garden planner to start!


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