How to Grow a Winter Vegetable Garden
Whether you have snow piling up or live in a warmer climate, you can grow a garden during winter. Surprisingly, not all vegetables have to be grown in hot weather, and many other vegetables grow very well in containers indoors. So if you feel the itch to garden during winter, don’t let the weather hold you up. Pick up a spade, some dirt, a bag of seeds and get started.
Sprouts in a week
There’s nothing better than growing sprouts indoors for instant gardening gratification. You would never expect tomato plants to yield a week after planting, but there are a variety of micro greens that will do just that. If you have two weeks to spare, you can also grow sunflower greens, which have a great nutty flavor and the crunch of a fresh green. You can invest in a high tech sprouter or simply buy sprouting lids for mason jars. For the investment of a few dollars, you can start your garden indoors right now. A few seeds, a little water and some time, and you are well on your way to fresh greens. Here’s how to grow your own sprouts.
Summer herbs in winter
Many herbs grow spectacularly indoors as long as they have a sunny window. Granted, basil is unlikely to flourish unless you have a heating pad or mini-greenhouse, but other types of herbs like mints and cilantro can do quite well indoors. Snip them for use in teas and for spicing up dishes and you’ll feel like summer is right around the corner, instead of two to three months away. Growing herbs in winter is a process that needs to start in the fall, but here’s how you do it.
Lettuce is super-easy to sow in containers and will provide you some tasty homegrown salads even when it’s snowing outside. There are a number of different types of lettuces, from Mesclun seed mixes to Oriental Mizuna, which are fun to grow indoors.
Onions are a great winter crop, and you don’t even need to buy seeds to get them started. Just cut off the bottoms of green onions you buy at the store and plant them in an indoor or outdoor container to grow new ones. Other crops that grow well in cooler climates include beets, cabbage, kale, carrots and turnips. A large enough container also makes a good home for an indoor Myer lemon tree, if you prefer more summer-like fare. It will flower and scent your home, and also provide lemons in the dead of winter, reminding you that not all gardens have to wait for summer to fruit.