Don’t Know What To Do With The Cold? Grow A Winter Garden!
Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 29 July , 2015
If you have ever dreamed of having fresh vegetables on your table that you grew with your own hands in your own yard, you are in luck. San Diego is one place where it is very easy to grow vegetables and fruits all year long due to the mild climate. While the weather is very warm most of the year, there are still some plants that grow better in the winter months.
According to the Master Gardeners of San Diego, sponsored by the University of California at San Diego, winter gardens will thrive if you choose these plants:
Beets. Also called “sugar beets,” the bright red color of these root vegetables are indicative of their nutritional value. Plant them in September and enjoy them throughout the winter months either cooked or chopped finely in salads.
Broccoli. If you enjoy this ubiquitous vegetable, you are in luck; the growing season for broccoli extends almost throughout the year. Start the plants from seeds in August or from small plants in September and grow through February.
Cabbage. Like broccoli, cabbage has a long growing season. You can start seeds in August or plants in September and harvest the heads throughout the winter.
Cauliflower. Follow the same growing season advice as for broccoli or cabbage and enjoy this vegetable throughout the cool season as well.
Lettuce, Endive, Kale and Kholrabi. These leafy vegetables should be started no later than September and can be harvested throughout the winter into April or May, depending on the species.
Onions. The “short day” onion should be planted in October, while the “medium day” can be planted in January. These are quick-growing plants, so expect to harvest them within a month or two. Green onions can be grown between September and May.
Peas. Depending on the variety, you can plant bush peas in September and harvest them through March.
Potatoes. The “Irish” variety has two growing seasons in this mild climate: those planted in February and those planted in August. Grow a winter potato crop to fill in your vegetable supply.
Spinach. This iron-packed favorite can be planted in September and harvested through April.
Juniper Landscape Company is happy to provide San Diego residents with help and advice on landscaping for beauty as well as for practical uses. Contact Juniper Landscape Company for help in planning your yard and creating a useful and lovely natural resource.
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