Winter Garden Growing Tips

Winter Garden TipsOur Winter Garden Seed Kit is designed for planting in the colder months in the South and late and early growing seasons north to Zone 6. Gardeners in northern zones generally have the most success with the use of cold frames or greenhouses to extend the season. Southern climate gardeners have an ideal climate for planting winter crops and are able to grow more variety than their northern counterparts.

The first and most important item to consider when growing a Winter garden is to plant the vegetable varieties that are most suited for colder conditions. We have chosen vegetable varieties for the Winter Seasonal Garden Kit that will flourish in the colder months.

You can grow winter vegetables almost anywhere, as long as you are willing to put forth the effort required to give your plants the necessary growing conditions such as planting your vegetables on the south side of a building where they will not only receive more sunlight, but also some protection from winter winds. You can also consider growing vegetables in containers for winter consumption.

Cold Frames and Green Houses are utilized in all hardiness zones up to 10. They allow you to push seasons in either direction. Start seeds early in the spring and store them in a cold frame for the winter or finish them in the fall. As with most vegetables, timing is everything. Know when your first frost is where you live and plan around that using the appropriate techniques. Raised beds also can help to extend your growing season since the soil in a raised bed is warmer.

For the best soil possible in any hardiness zone we advocate Woodchip Gardening. You can learn more about this amazing God-given technique through the Back to Eden project. The steps that they list are suggestions, not instructions, based on Paul Gautschi’s experiences with creation and the Creator. They encourage people everywhere to spend time in the garden. Feel free to experiment, follow your intuition, learn from your mistakes, adapt to your local environment, and ultimately let God direct you on your journey back to Eden!

Self Reliance Strategies offers Seasonal Garden Seed Kits that are carefully selected to thrive in each particular season. We also offer Specialty Garden Seed Kits which are designed for specific situations (harsh climate, survival stockpiling, hydroponic gardening, etc.). Our seed kits are:

  • 100% Heirloom (non-hybrid)
  • 100% Non-GMO
  • Hermetically sealed to last up to 30 years, if stored properly
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