Winter vegetable gardening

September 28, 2008 · Print This Article

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Worried you’ll need to rely on freighted vegetables from Arizona, Argentina and Australia that winter? Cold frame gardening could be help you avoid the airfare while still giving you plenty of greens.

While Winnipeg, Canada; Caribou, Maine and universal Falls, Minn. may not be the best locations for that sort of gardening, whether temperatures in your region stay around 35F - 40F degrees, you can grow beets, Swiss chard, broccoli and other hardy vegetables and plants.

A cold frame is a box with a typically pitched glass cover. The glass lets in light, provides cover from wind and helps heat the vegetables. Usually the

boxes create an environment seven to ten degrees warmer than the outside air. Building the box into the ground can additionally offer insulation, and some gardeners use heated water to further insulate their vegetables.

The trick is to know your hardiness zone, watch temperatures and vent carefully. Southern sun is usually the best for that type of planting, and gardeners implore you to plant before fall sets in too deeply. One gardener suggests that whether the temperature is 35F to 40F and sunny the frame can be partially pitched, higher temperatures require more venting so the soil doesn’t overheat.

 

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