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How to create the winter garden

winter garden: preparation

First of all, it is necessary to make the preparations of our garden. An essential job for the good development of our winter plants. The first step is to “clear the ground”. In fact, the residues of your summer garden could be a breeding ground for bacteria, diseases and animal parasites, lethal for winter plants. Then remove the leaves, roots and all that is left from the previous garden. The next step will be to give the earth a good blow. Turning it over with a spade, the deeper parts of the soil, rich in vitamins and minerals, will mix with the surface earth, more exploited. We then enrich the soil with organic fertilizer, which will make the soil soft and make it balanced with the right amount of nitrogen, necessary for winter vegetables. Let’s water abundantly and get ready for sowing!

Winter garden: what to plant without problems


The variety of plants and vegetables that we can plant in a winter garden are really many. Surely the varieties that we most usually see when passing in front of winter gardens are those belonging to the cabbage family. Cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli are typical winter garden plants, which not only resist the cold, but almost seem to benefit from any winter frost, which greatly improves their flavor. Savoy cabbage is equally recommended; its hard and crunchy leaves do not fear any drop in temperature. Furthermore, contrary to what everyone thinks, the raw material of refreshing summer salads, that is lettuce and the like, is actually a winter vegetable. Lettuce, radicchio and escarole certainly find a front row seat in our winter garden. Onion, shallot, and garlic,

Winter garden: what to grow with some extra care


If you live in milder climates, where winter is cold, but the temperature does not usually go below freezing, it will not be a problem to grow spinach either, which seems so delicate, but in reality ready to overcome any bad weather. By choosing some more resistant varieties, it will also be possible to plant beans and peas, thus having two harvests, spring and summer! In fact, if everyone thinks that legumes are to be planted in spring, by choosing the specific quality that suits the temperatures (such as black beans for example), it will be possible to have more harvests during the year. You can also try successfully with other legumes such as certain qualities of chickpeas, and lentils. The asparagus too, if chosen in the most resistant quality, even having a fairly slow development, it is possible to plant them in the fall. Finally, don’t forget the simplest vegetables to grow all year round: radishes!

How to create the winter garden: Winter garden: last tricks


Clearly, just because the vegetables and plants in a winter garden are more resistant to bad weather, it doesn’t mean that a garden grown in the cold season doesn’t need the same care as a summer one. Preparation of the soil, weeding, and fertilization must be done with the same attention that is paid during the summer. A peculiarity, not essential, but very useful in a winter garden, is to house plants that have already sprouted for at least a couple of weeks. Sowing can be started directly, but with the risk that it will not sprout; instead, putting plants that have already germinated into homes means having a greater chance of their development. As hardy as they are, some plants still need protection from cold winds and currents. Calculating well whether to create your winter garden near a wall, or whether to build a small greenhouse, can be very useful tricks. Furthermore, unlike in summer, irrigation must be carried out in the hottest and sunniest hours, and never too abundant.

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