Oh baby it is cold outside, but the garden is still growing, slowly slowly, & generously provided us with salad for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! Thought I would share some tips I learned this year on my season extension.
First off plan and plant your fall/winter crops in late summer and cover with floating row cover when frost start to get rough.
Seeds Savers American Spinach does beautifully in my winter beds!
When it snows, sweep it off while it is still fluffy, if not it will freeze, harden and smash your hoops down and freeze your little greens underneath.
When the weather is really nasty, cold and snowy add a layer of plastic, like the rolls of painters drop cloth you get at the hardware store, over your row cover to collect sun heat and help the snow shed. The heavier duty the better– this is 4mm.
Open up beds in the middle of warm sunny days, other wise you might be shocked to see that some of your greens are actually frozen…but if you wait, they can bounce back and be eaten!!
In this weather, I barely water in ground crops, especially cause snow melts slow in this spot, and when I say barely I mean I haven’t watered in over a month!!
Hope your harvests are still feeding you well. Happy New Growing Year!