Dan’s Garden: Winter Gardening

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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.


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  1. Jack Sheadel says:

    Dan we have really enjoyed your little trips to the garden.
    Especially the segment on fertilizer. I really need to write
    the three parts down someplace : of interest first is,
    I have a bumper crop of raseberry vines, but the berries
    are very small and crumbly. Last year they were great.

    The 3 parts—and what the ??? up-out-? WAS Great
    I just need to see it again.

    Thank you, jack

    1. NewsWatch 12 Staff says:

      Here’s the story: http://www.kdrv.com/dans-garden-liquid-fertilizer/

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