Keep the Garden Growing: What to Grow in the Fall & Winter
Gardening is a great way to spend time outdoors, while creating a beautiful, lush landscape. Fall is a great time to work on your garden, as the soil is still warm enough for seeds to grow, and the colorful leaves only serve to complement your blossoming veggies and flowers. Make sure you have all the gardening equipment you need and get to work! Here are some tips on what you can grow in the fall and winter so you can start eating fresh and local year-round.
The vibrant foliage of peonies, irises, and other such pretty perennials will brighten up your garden. These plants have to be watered properly to keep their roots healthy before the ground freezes in winter. You can even place gorgeous bunches in pots and planters around your patio for a pop of charm.
Fill your vegetable patch with a crop that can survive through the chill of winter. Onions and shallots that are planted in autumn will stand strong over the winter season and be ready to harvest next summer. Garlic, asparagus, perpetual spinach, broad beans and peas are some of the other vegetables you can grow outdoors, while carrots and pak choi will thrive more in a greenhouse.
Winter is the perfect time to plant a new fruit garden with strawberries, kiwifruit and oranges. Ensure that you control weed growth and prevent leaf curling so your fruits will continue to grow fresh and strong. Don’t let a nippy chill in the air stop you from enjoying your favorite fruits.
The colors of fall are beautiful and can really enhance the look and feel of an outdoor space. Opt for fiery reds and golds with trees like Japanese maple, Gingko and Redbud. The colder part of the year is an ideal time for these trees to bloom.
To save on your water bill, plant low-water grass, like eco lawn or UC Verde buffalo grass. Plant seeds in warm winter areas or wait until spring if the season is too chilly. Always prep your soil thoroughly and let it settle for a few days before you start planting.