Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that gardening season is over. It is actually fairly simple to grow vegetables and have flowers blooming all year long. Although it may seem impossible, some flowers and vegetables actually grow better in the cold weather. Cold-weather gardening is not for everyone, but it is great for people who are looking to keep up with the fertility of their garden’s soil throughout the seasons and are looking to save money at the grocery store. Here are some different methods to try this winter:
Raised beds: These beds can be made of stone, bricks, concrete, or lumber - either treated or untreated. The soil inside of a well-made and maintained bed can be 8-12 degrees warmer than the surrounding soil. They are great for growing vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli during the fall and winter.
Underground Greenhouse: Although an average greenhouse can do the job, underground greenhouses are typically less expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. This earth-sheltered greenhouse draws heat from the thermal mass of the earth and is topped with solar panels to take in the heat from the sun, making this option to be much more affordable to heat.
Windbreaks or walls: Windbreaks are structures that stop the wind from getting to plants. They can be anything from the side of a house or shed to a line of trees. Having some kind of windbreak can lead to big improvements in garden yields. You can add 10-15 degrees of warmth to your winter garden by taking advantage of windbreaks and walls.
There you have it, just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to hang up your gardening gloves. You just have to learn to work around the snow and make sure you have your winter gardening planned out before the snow gets too deep. Nothing will give you greater joy in the winter then to see fresh vegetables and blooming flowers. Happy gardening!
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