In the Garden: Winter Garden

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Medford, Ore. — It’s August, but it’s already time to start thinking about your winter garden.  Even though we deal with below-freezing temperatures in the winter, there are still plants that thrive.

OSU Extension Master Gardeners say there are a lot of reasons to plant winter gardens, including that pests won’t be around.  There’s also the opportunity to utilize the winter weather to do the watering of your garden.

Seeds need to be planted right away.  Mid-July to mid-August are the best times to get the seeds in the ground.  Plants like beets, carrots, onions, garlic, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach, turnips, parsnips, radishes, peas, kohlrabi, rutabagas, and lettuce can do well in a winter garden.  When choosing your seeds, remember to read the package information on the back to see if the particular seeds you’d like to plant will tolerate colder temperatures.

For more information, watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment and contact the OSU Extension Master Gardener near you.

Jackson County – (541) 776-7371
Josephine County – (541) 476-6613
Klamath County – (541) 883-7131
Coos County – (541) 572-5263
Douglas County – (541) 672-4461