If you love to garden, the arrival of winter and break from gardening are unwelcomed. It is true that many aspects of yardwork and gardening change during the winter. But, there is no reason to completely give up your gardening hobby during the colder months. If you enjoy planting vegetables, there are a number of plants you can plant during the winter. In addition, there are some garden related tasks you can work on in the winter to prepare for your spring vegetable garden.
Vegetable plants that love the winter
The first thing to remember is that the best vegetable plants for your area are strongly dependent on your plant hardiness zone. Take some time to learn about the zone you live in so you can pick the varieties of vegetables that are most likely to thrive in your garden. In our part of the world, you can plant onions, radishes, garlic, certain varieties of peas and lettuce, potatoes, and greens outside in the winter. As you start your research, you will find that each one of these vegetables mentioned has a number of varieties to choose from. Some varieties thrive at different times of year so be sure and learn about the specific variety you are considering.
Develop a plan and prepare for your spring vegetable garden
A winter vegetable garden typically requires a smaller time commitment than a spring or summer vegetable garden. This will give you time to plan and prepare for your spring vegetable garden. You can choose the area of your yard where you want the garden and decide how big it will be. You can plan the layout of the garden based off of the available light and what plants do well within close proximity of one another. In addition, you can consider strategically adding in pest repellant plants throughout your vegetable garden. As spring approaches, you can start clearing out the area for your garden and preparing the soil.
Get started on your raised beds
Do you plan on incorporating raised beds into your vegetable garden plans for the spring? The slower pace of gardening in the winter can provide you with time to work on your raised beds. Some gardeners choose the DIY option and build raised beds from scratch. Others order premade raised beds and only have to assemble them. Whatever option you choose, it is a gardening task you can start working on in the winter so you are ready to go for your spring vegetables.
If you plan well, you can enjoy a variety of fresh vegetables from your garden all year round. Each year you will learn more about what does and does not work for your winter vegetable garden. This will make the process of choosing what to plant easier as time goes by.