Gardening in the Winter
I love planting gardens. And moving to a new place at the end of the summer meant that I had to leave my old garden behind and hold off on a new garden at our new home. It was too late in the season to plant a vegetable garden and figured I would just wait until next year to start with flower beds.
But then I got to thinking, just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean I can’t still have a garden. Yes, I still have numerous houseplants that stay indoors that give me my green thumb fix but I never really thought until now about planting a winter garden. There are several winter garden flowers and vegetables that can survive the winter months.
Since this is my first time planting a winter garden, I did a raised flower bed filled mostly with flowers instead of vegetables to see if they could pass the freeze test. Some of the flowers I used were pansies and celosia and then I planted a few herbs rosemary and confetti cilantro.
Here are a few more “freeze-proof” plants you can experiment with in a winter garden.
- Winter Jasmine
- Leafy vegetables such as Kale/Cabbage/Lettuce/Swiss Chard
- Root vegetables such as Beets/Radish/Carrots
- Herbs such as Cilantro/Parsley
- Broccoli/Cauliflower/Brussel Sprouts
Depending on where you are, you will need to do your own research on your plant’s hardiness zone to make sure your climate can support these plants and of course to know the care, maintenance, and for vegetables and herbs, when to harvest. The great news is that gardening doesn’t have to be a distant summer memory. It can be done in the winter as well if you plant the right things at the right time.
What flowers or vegetables have you had success with planting in your winter gardening? Let us know in the comments below!