Winter Garden Tip: Have One!

A Broccoli start, ready to go!

Winter gardens often get the cold shoulder from tired gardeners with too many green tomatoes to count. But there are many wonderful, nutritious crops you can plant in the fall before the coldest months of December and January. Here’s a list of plants you can put in your garden right away.

- Broccoli/Cauliflower
- Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts
- Kale, Chard, Collards, Arugula, Mustards
- Carrots & Beets
- Garlic & Onions

Mendocino Local Food has a great Planting Guide that you can use to determine whether to start your vegetables from seeds or starts. The Gardens Project also has resources online with vegetable gardening basics and tips.

Be sure to either look at the information on planting from your seed packet or if you buy starts from the farmers market, ask the farmer! Growing will be slow during the coldest months of January and December, but as soon as it starts to warm up a little in February or March your garden will pick up speed.

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