News From The Garden

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Many folks don’t realize that winter can be a great time for gardening!  As long as you take simple steps to protect your plants from the cold, many vegetables grow in North Alabama during the winter months.  Be sure to mulch your raised beds with dried leaves and pine straw to keep your vegetables snug. Bunch leaves and straw around the base of each of your plants.  Be careful not to water the leaves and stems of plants, but to water only the roots so that water does not freeze on the plants. If temperatures remain below freezing for more than 48 hours, wrap the bases of your plants with light-weight cloths.  

Great plants to grow in the winter months include:

  • Collard greens

  • Turnip greens

  • Kale

  • Arugula

  • Beets

  • Carrots

  • Broccoli

  • Broccolini

  • Cauliflower

Early winter (November and early December) and late winter (late February and early March) are good times to grow a variety of lettuces.