Gardening in the Winter

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.

Gardening in 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.

 

 

Flowers

  • Primrose
  • Winter Jasmine
  • Viola

Vegetables

  • 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! 

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Dominique recently moved to the Northeast Atlanta area from “Big Orange Country” TN with her husband and two daughters. She has a BA in Communications from UTC and worked in HR and recruiting before becoming a stay-at home mom. Dominique is a social butterfly who loves crafting and being creative. You can find fun craft ideas, activities, and DIY on her IG hobby page called @create_imagine_play. When she isn’t crafting, she enjoys kickboxing, camping with her family, trying new recipes, and roller skating. She is looking forward to exploring her new area with her family and turning into a Georgia peach.

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