One of the beauties of The Growing Challenge is that we are able to see what’s growing all around the world. This month it has been snowing in parts of Australia, at the same time temperatures reached 100F in the southwestern United States. And soon, our roles will switch. In a few months, we in the US and Europe will be looking longingly at Australia’s summer gardens….
But don’t despair – I have seen an awful lot of winter gardens still going in Australia. So I say it’s time for the rest of us to begin preparing for our own winter gardens!
Winter Gardening Inspiration
It’s snowing at the Tin House (below), but Lisa’s wombok seems to be taking the cold ok. Also, funny enough her asparagus made a surprisingly early appearance! Lisa is also growing spinach, carrots, lettuce, rocket, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, garlic, and onions.
Belinda is eating 1-2 meals straight from the garden each week. She’s harvesting broccoli and mini cauliflower, and awaiting brussels sprouts, broad beans (which just flowered), spinach, and a whole bunch of seedlings. Did I mention that it has been snowing there, too?
Belinda’s Beautiful Cabbage
Leanne is sick of her wet weather, but her broad beans are flowering beautifully, and her garlic and spinach have sprouted and are soon to be transplanted.
Leanne’s Broad Beans
Kate examines her square square foot gardening. Check out the square foot below: peas, coriander and leeks. She’s also growing broad beans, chicory, fennel, broccoli, oregano, mizuna, kale, silver beets, lettuces, bok choy, garlic, and more.
Naturewitch’s peach trees are flowering and magpies serenading, while she harvests potatoes for potato salad, along with herbs, baby beets, carrots, and lettuce. She is also planting potatoes and has some great instructions for a no dig method. And she shows off a beautiful olive tree given her by The Crone, plus her snow peas, broccoli, nasturtiums, jonquil, oats, and rhubarb.
Kate F finds inspiration with a visit to a local permaculture farm and farmstand. Her photos are a good reminder that if the market is selling produce, chances are good that you can grow it at home!
At the Market
If that is still not enough inspiration, Hannah is growing basil and lettuce under cloches, has beautiful peas and broad beans growing, and made this the other night: a scrumptious quiche dinner made from food within 100 feet of the kitchen!
Some Other Inspiration:
- Carmen’s children grow carrots, which overwinter underneath the snow, to emerge and be eaten in early spring.
- In her garden, Rebecca examines frost up close – I mean microscopic close – wow, it’s beautiful.
- Julie just planted her fall garden beneath and around her summer garden, hoping that the fall plants will kick in as the summer plants fade away.
I know there are lots of you gardeners who are gardening year-round – please share your tricks, what grows well and how you make it grow, plus any links to posts on the subject!
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Are You Planting a Four-Season Garden?
For those of us who are gardening year-round, what are you growing? What are your favorite books that delve into fall and winter gardening? And for those who aren’t gardening year-round, what keeps you from doing so? Also, have you posted about gardening this week? Then give us a link to your post!