Once the days begin to shorten and the heat of the sun begins to wane, it is time for summer to end and gardens to become slowing in their flowering or vegetable growth. Of course, this regression in plant growth does not mean that gardening is over until the next spring. No, it merely means that it is time to consider the winter gardening plans. Discover how to plant cool season vegetables and how to tend them effectively.
Planting The Cool Season Vegetables
As with a summer vegetable garden, there are certain vegetables that thrive during the cooler fall and winter months. By choosing these particular options and potting them effectively, it is possible to create or rather continue a vegetable garden irrespective of the weather. The typical vegetables that can be planted during the cooler months include carrots, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, onions, radishes, and potatoes. It is important to note that these plants can thrive during the winter but the potting must be completed effectively to aid growth. To do this, it is recommended that one mix additional potting soil into the garden to replace any nutrients that may have been lost over the summer.
Preparing The Flower Beds
In addition to vegetables, there are fall and winter flowers that can add some color to a winter garden similar to their summer counterparts. The most common flowering winter plant is the pansy with its plethora of shades ranging from white to purple and red. Daisies, snapdragons, winter jasmine, and the English primrose are also popular alternatives for winter flower gardens to add color to the area. It is important, as with the season vegetables, to add planting mix and loosen the soil to ensure nutrients are regained and the soil is replaced.
Maintaining A Watering Routine
Despite the days being blustery and cold with less sunlight, winter plants tend to experience greater amounts of dryness. Due to the days being shorter, the plants will easily lose moisture in the soil, oddly enough and the water can freeze in the cold spell. To avoid dryness and to check for freezing, it is essential that one maintain a watering schedule.
Pinching Back Fruit And Vegetable Blossoms
Fruits and vegetables do not immediately present with the edible section of the plant during growth; it is the blossom that arrives before the fruit or vegetable. To ensure that the plants maintain moisture and nutrients, it is vital that one pinch back the blossoms once they appear. The pinching involves a tying of the blossom back towards the fruit or vegetable ensuring it remains facing the fruit or vegetable for the continued period of growth.
Growing plants during winter may seem complicated; however, it is not as difficult as initially considered. By using the information provided, it is possible to identify the types of cool season plants that can be grown and whether or not they are suitable for one’s specific situation.