Yes you can! When approaching the subject of home and garden in January you might think “Garden in January?? Are you sure?”
YES a Garden in January is possible no matter where you live.
A winter garden can yield plentifully when done well and also will provide nutrition and variety all winter long. January is not too late to start!
Above ground winter garden crops:
The first thing to consider is the type of crops you can grow. Fruiting crops require more sun so stick with the ones that will flourish and provide a bountiful crop such as:
- Swiss chard
Types of winter garden set-ups:
There are 2 different types of winter gardens to explore. An above ground and a Walipini style garden( this would need to be built when your ground is warm and easy to dig but if planned ahead this year you could have a flourishing winter garden next January) are the choices for winter gardening.
These are all possible and probable even in Northern state with protective gardening helps such as:
This can be made from old windows as long as they are not UV protected.
You can build your own or buy a simple kit and construct.
Quick hoop system
This option is very economical and can be used anywhere, it is also portable.
This is your most economical option but is geared for a less harsh winter environment where the overnight temperatures do not dip in the negative degree range (Fahrenheit).
Walipini style, underground gardening is another consideration but will need to be built during the warmer months. This option can be customized with growing lights, if needed, a woodstove for an extra heat source and an underground watering system.
Any of these five great systems will work well for even Pacific Northwest gardening in the winter. Winter gardening will extend your therapeutic gardening and outfit you and your family to be much more self -sufficient year round! Planting season is optimum to begin in October or November but January is not out of the ball park. Sprout and start your seedlings inside your house in a simple window sprouting set-up and then transfer your seedlings into your prepared winter garden area when they are strong enough to flourish. Remember there is a 6-12 week growing time frame for most vegetables.
A winter garden will give you year round access to fresh vegetables and therapeutic gardening for your own pleasure. It is never too late to begin your adventure! Go and grow something, today!
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