A big part of self-sufficiency is being able to provide for oneself all year, not just when the weather's nice. And, with the right planning and preparation, it's entirely possible to harvest all winter in most climates. If you've thought about growing some food in the colder parts of the year, read on for tips and tricks.
In an era when most people do not even know what country their food is from it is great to see that it is possible to grow your own and know the fresh tastes and quality of ones food. on a very good article!
Nap, hmm... it's a standard lot size around here, though a lot of suburbs have 1/4 acre instead. I've never measured my gardens specifically, I just know the lot size from the tax bills According to Google (I had to look it up), 1/8 acre is 5445 square feet or 505.8 square meters. My house is covering about 1300 square feet, plus the garage, driveway, and a big area under trees that's too shady to grow veggies, so I probably have about 2000 square feet of garden-able space in all. Some of that is still lawn despite my best efforts, and the rest is divided up between rows, walkways, and some large hedges.
Thanks for the encouragement, guys! I didn't want to bore people with an article too similar to my first one, but I've learned so much about winter gardening that I just wanted to share. So, is anyone else here growing food over the winter this year?
Bore us I don't even garden anymore and I am not bored! I learn something new with each article. For instance, I knew Saffron comes from a flower but I didn't realize it was such a pretty flower or which part is used. No wonder it is so expensive to buy!
Zany, the main cost of saffron comes from the fact that it can't be harvested mechanically. In the home garden, taking tweezers to each flower doesn't seem too inconvenient, but in a commercial operation, it means very high labor costs.
I don't grow much for looks, but I really do love seeing the little saffron crocuses this time of year, when most flowers have finished blooming.
Thanks, Stormy! I don't need much help using up the saffron - a "generous pinch" may be all I grow in a year now! The bulbs seem to be dividing themselves nicely, though, so I'll have enough for soups and paellas in a few years.
Nap, that was a rough estimate; I definitely don't grow food on all of that space. I still have a bit of lawn, but my goal is to garden as much of the property as I can. I've been impressed since I started gardening here how little space it really takes to feed ourselves.
Sally, I'm still waiting for it to be cool enough for the cabbage whites to go away. But you're right, that is a major benefit of winter gardening that I forgot to mention.
I love the tour and well written article. The posters above captured it, bore us! My little garden is closing down for the season, maybe I can catch some of your inspiration and set up a winter garden. I was looking at my little patch the other day wondering if I could create something to cover it. I just heard that we are getting our first frost tonight, here in Northern Virginia.