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What to do with your garden in winter: Cold hardy crops

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There are many things a sustainable garden can do during the winter. This article will focus on the cold hardy crops you can plant and harvest throughout the winter months as recommended by Mother Earth News. You may not think you can grow much during the winter and it’s true your choices are more limited. That doesn’t mean you can’t still put your garden to work for you.

In most zones, you can grow good crops of spinach, Brussels sprouts, carrots, kale, parsnips and sunchokes during the winter months. Mulching your soil in the fall will help protect these crops. It slows down the rate at which the ground freezes.

For carrots, try covering the bed with a cold frame, adding a inch deep layer of compost & then filling the cold frame with straw to prolong the growing season even more. You can go out and pluck fresh carrots as you need right through to spring.

Parsnips don’t need any protection but some mulch may slow the ground’s deep freeze and make it easier to pull them. Brussels sprouts and sunchokes both perform best when exposed to freezing temperatures but should be picked by early winter.

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