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Getting Gardens Ready for Winter (page 3 of 3)

by Charlie Nardozzi

Planting Fall Gardens

In warm areas you can still plant vegetables and flowers for winter and spring harvests. Locate your fall gardens in warmer microclimates, such as on the south side of a rock wall or in a protected nook near your house or garage. These areas are often protected from cold winds and stay warmer in the fall. In USDA zones 8 and warmer, plant vegetables such as arugula, beets, garlic, kale, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach, and Swiss chard. The greens and root crops can be harvested through the winter, while garlic and onions will mature next summer.

In all areas, spring-lowering bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, should be planted six weeks before you expect the ground to freeze. Transplants of snapdragons, primroses, ornamental kale and cabbage, pansies, and violas make great additions to a fall garden. In warm areas they will flower all winter, while in cold areas they may survive the winter and flower again in spring if you cover them with a thick layer of mulch.

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