MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s never too late to be thinking ahead when it comes to gardening. When you plan your garden you really want to think about a year-round kind of plan and you can plant cool-weather vegetables, some of which can stay in the ground unprotected all winter long.
For example, a savoy cabbage is a lovely cool weather crop. It can be started in seed during the summer. Beets are another fabulous cool weather crop; you don’t want to let them freeze and they can tolerate quite a bit of cold.
Kale can tolerate being out all winter long and they will not need any protection. They get sweeter with the frost. Turnips are not only popular for the root, but for the greens. Rutabaga lasts in the garden all winter long. You can be harvesting it, and now is the time to seed them.
One of the things you can use to protect your crop during the winter is a common household milk jug. Cut the bottom off and use it as a cover, which protects it from frost. You can also use a floating row cover.