If you’re a gardening veteran, you’ll find winter vegetables such as onions, peppers and potatoes all pretty much ready to go when it starts to get chilly. But if you’re new to the winter vegetable garden, you might not know what to do with them during this time of year. There are several options you have for keeping your veggies fresh, but some of them require more effort than others. Fortunately, there’s also an organic garden guide to help you through the difficulties of growing winter vegetables in pots.
There are two primary ways to garden with tomatoes: indoors or outside. In either case, there are specific types of plants that work better than others at particular times of the growing season. For instance, some tomatoes like the sun, so you should plant varieties that enjoy full sun to maximize their use of the rays of the sun. Other varieties prefer the shade, so you’ll want to plant marjoram and oregano to protect their leaves from the heat of the sun as well as the frost that may come after.
As for color, the popular styles of purple-blue, purple-green and deep purple tomatoes hit their peak growth in the late summer and early fall. At this time of the year, the majority of Australia’s crop is grown on a commercial scale, so there’s no doubt about the quality. However, there are some subtler options available for those who want to grow their own. Some of these vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, are best left to be harvested right after they are picked.
One of the easiest vegetable gardens to care for in colder climates is one that focuses on squash. This can be accomplished by pruning the vine and moving it closer to the warmest areas in your garden. The sweet potatoes should be harvested around midseason, since they need the warmth of the summer sun to germinate. As for other vegetables, many of them will do well if you leave them alone during the colder months. They may need a bit of extra watering, but with a bit of effort, you can have fresh vegetables all year round.
But, if you’re interested in trying out vegetables that are hardy even in colder temperatures, consider some of the choices on offer in the warmer seasons of Australia. Of course, you’re going to want to take your time when it comes to planning your planting schedule, so don’t plant anything too soon. Some varieties of peppers, melons and zucchini that grow well in the southern states in particular, will only do well after the first year, and there may be others that need that wait. The important thing is that you take the time to find the vegetables that grow best in your area and then learn all you can about the varieties that will do well in that area, and in your climate.
One of the best vegetables for growing in a cold weather garden is broccoli. This perennial bulb doesn’t take kindly to frost, and in fact can do very well at the start of a frost. In fact, broccoli tends to do better in the southern states, where it is less susceptible to freezing. It’s certainly worth the effort of learning how to prepare your soil properly for a broccoli garden in the winter, though.
And as for winter vegetables, you could really enjoy the flavor of carrots. If you grow carrots in the winter, you’ll find that they taste even more delicious than they do in the summer, and many of them go into an advanced state of growth called scarlet. This means that they won’t be as easy to pickle. It will also be less necessary to do that, which is really nice.
Onions are another great vegetable to have in your winter plantings may include some varieties of oregano, either fresh or dried. Just remember that while oregano does do well in the cold months, its flavor is stronger in the warmer months. And there is no reason for you to be cutting back on the oregano when there are so many other great options for this cold weather crop.