For those who like to grow a home garden for the vegetables and practice green living by growing their own food, winter is a dead time of the year. But, depending on where you live, it doesn’t have to be.
By being able to make use of your home garden during the winter months, can be fun and it is practical as well, allowing you to continue green living year round. Not only are you able to keep growing your vegetables for the purpose of healthier green living, but you will improve your home’s appearance on the exterior by utilizing your home garden area too.
There are some vegetables that can do great for a winter home garden, which is what we are going to talk about here.
Broccoli is a nutritious vegetable that we get a lot of our nutrients and vitamins from. Broccoli is a mainstay for many during the spring and summer months, and it can be grown during the winter as well in your home garden. There is very little care required by this delicious, healthy vegetable and it is cold-weather-resistant too.
In fact, this is one vegetable that must love cold weather because the flavor and taste is even better than during the usual home garden time of year. You will want to plant your broccoli seeds in an area of your home garden that gets the most sun and plant it during the last few weeks of summer.
Keep the broccoli you plant in your home garden fertilized and protected from the birds, rabbits and squirrels. Those little creatures will be hungry all winter and looking for fresh vegetables that a home garden can furnish them! Part of green living and growing your own food is finding ways to live with all of nature, including the little guys that want to eat what you’ve planted.
Just the name alone tells you this is a perfect vegetable for a winter home garden planting. There are several varieties of winter cabbage to be planted in your home garden too. The smallest of all winter cabbage is the Christmas drum-head, but it is the best in cold weather for a home garden.
The seeds should be planted during June or in July and it will be ready to harvest from your home garden from October through January. You may want to use netting over your cabbage plants to protect it from the creatures that are looking for food in the winter months. Even for the newest person to green living practices, this is an easy vegetable to maintain in a home garden and enjoy during the winter months.
One of the easiest and most popular vegetable to grow in a home garden during the winter is Spinach. This delicious, healthy and versatile veggie will be a great addition to your home garden. And the many different varieties that are available in Spinach are make it even better for the person that wants to continue their green living practices of gardening year-round.
Spinach seeds should be sown during August and September and then harvested between October through December in a home garden. The seedlings will usually appear within a 2 to 3 weeks and will be ready for thinning in 7 to 8 weeks. This is a hardy vegetable for a winter home garden that requires very little maintenance and is hardy for the cold winter months.
Other Winter Vegetables For A Home Garden
Your winter home garden can also have beets, carrots, celery, chives, collard greens, coriander, garlic and tarragon as well as Brussels sprouts and turnips. So as you can see, you can practice your green living routine of having a home garden year-round.