When it comes to winter gardening, there are a few things you can do to keep that “green thumb” going throughout the winter months. For those of you who live in climate zones that experience mild winter weather, it is possible to continue gardening successfully with less to worry about in the form of insects and pests.
For those of you who live in climate zones that experience frigid temperatures and blankets of snow, the gardening concepts employed may have to be indoors, but you can still enjoy gardening and keep that green thumb ready for warmer weather. The single most important step to gardening, winter or otherwise, is seed selection. Grab good seeds and you will prevent most of the problems other gardeners deal with.
Growing a Vegetable Garden:
Those who live in mild winter climates should consider planting a winter garden that consists of vegetables like beets, turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, parsnips, etc. These veggies are hearty and can handle a little cold weather now and then. These plants should still be covered with a tarp to prevent problems when a heavy frost/freeze advisory is in effect for your area.
If you happen to live in an area with miserable winter weather conditions, you can still grow these vegetables in a winter garden; however, that garden will have to be indoors, such as a greenhouse.
Indoor Winter Gardening:
As stated above, a greenhouse is the best method of growing an indoor winter garden, especially if you reside in an area that sees a ton of snow and cold weather for 4-6 months of the year. However, you can also grow flowers, herbs, and a few small vegetables, in gardens you place around the house, such as in a sunroom, windowsill, etc.
Herb gardens and micro-greens make excellent indoor winter gardens to consider. The plants grown in these types of gardens can be trimmed as needed, when needed, and then you can continue letting them grow until the next time they’re needed.
If you have a sunroom, then consider growing a container garden. Every container in the garden can host different plants, thereby allowing you to continue enjoying the healthy food you are so fond of growing during the warmer months. You can also grow flowers in container gardens during the winter months, giving them an early start on the following spring.
Watering Plants in the Winter:
For those who are fortunate enough to continue growing a garden outdoors during the winter, your plants will still require water, even if you get a little snow on occasion. When watering an outdoor winter garden, bear in mind that the hose you just used needs to be drained and stored inside to prevent freezing and damage from the water left inside.
If your winter gardening exercises are all indoor operations, then water your plants on a regular schedule, just as you would if they were outside in warmer summer weather.