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Celebrate Your Winter Garden

Standing at the mid-point between Fall and Spring, we find joy in the harvesting of our cool weather vegetables, while anticipating our warm weather crops to come. Spring and Summer are just around the corner!

Winter is also a good time to prune your deciduous fruit trees, such as apple, peach, pear, plum, fig and apricot. Your roses can be pruned now, too—all for a good Spring bloom.

Tips for Winter gardening and Spring preparation:

  1. Harvest what you have. Gather and save seeds, and re-plant what is appropriate to the season.
  2. Plant herbs now from starts or seeds.
  3. Some Winter planting choices are: broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, celery, and bok choi. Your leafy greens such as lettuces, chard, collards, arugala and kale, will do well when planted now.
  4. Root vegetables such as turnips, beets, carrots and onions will thrive when planted now, too. Radishes are a quick and easy crop to plant and re-plant from now until the hot summer.
  5. Quick-start your Spring garden by planting seeds and starts in containers now.
  6. Peruse your seed catalogues.You may find some interesting, new varieties to try, but remember to choose open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seeds. You are what you eat; keeping pesticides off of our plates is a good policy. It’s good for us and good for the earth, Happy Winter Gardening!

Johnny Foster, Organic Horticulturist, is eager to provide you with the support you need to plant a wonderful garden or orchard. Johnny may be contacted at: