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Plant for Your Zone and Harvest All Winter

By bitbit
January 8, 2014

Even in the coldest areas, there are usually some plants that will survive the winter and allow you to have garden-fresh produce despite the weather.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 7, 2014 8:19 PM CST
Thanks for the ideas on what to grow for winter harvests.
I just must make the effort next season.
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bitbit
Jan 8, 2014 11:27 AM CST
Your zone is tricky, I'd love to hear if you have success growing anything over winter. I know parsnips are supposed to be good - they keep alive under snow and in frozen soil, but won't really grow until it warms up a bit. I've heard about the Brussels sprouts from a few northerners (zone 4 anyway, not sure about 3). You essentially grow them in fall, but the world acts like a natural freezer, keeping them fresh until you're ready to use them.

Do you have any cold frames or similar structures to give winter plants a bit of protection?

I actually don't have anything growing this winter either. I moved in November, which meant I just couldn't get things started in summer/fall to plant out, and I'm in a whole new zone here, much colder than before. Next winter will be an adventure for me!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 8, 2014 11:29 PM CST
I have had parsnips over winter some years ago.
Will try Brussel Sprouts probably-ordered seeds for short season growth.

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