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Planting a Winter Vegetable Garden


Ripbor Kale -Full sun to part shade -  This variety only available during peak planting season in Arizona, California, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington.  Compact plants are great for containers. Harvest outer leaves so the newer ones in the center can keep growing. Leaves taste sweeter after a light frost.


The above variety grows best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade and even appreciates it in spring in hot climates.

Swiss Chard - Full Sun to part Shade - Established plants tolerate light frosts (28 º to 32 º F). Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season.  It’s a good idea to protect newly planted seedlings from late spring or early fall frosts by covering plants with a frost blanket.




Bonnie Spinach - Full sun is ideal, but plants yield in part shade. Protect plants from strong afternoon sun in warmest regions.  Established will plants tolerate temperatures as low as the teens to low 20 º’ s F, but it is a good idea to protect newly planted seedlings from late spring or early fall frosts by covering plants with a frost blanket.


Be sure to keep the soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Evenly moist soil is the key to tender flavor. Mulch the soil around your spinach plants to reduce water evaporation and keep leaves clean from splashing soil.


Collards, cabbage, spinach, and kale are among the most cold-hardy vegetables. If you can see the frost on these leaves, it actually makes them sweeter.



Tomatoes- Even though this delicious fruit/veggie is mostly classified as a warm weather plant, you can grow a nice crop in the cooler weather if you are willing to take a few extra steps.


Out here on the West Cost, I have found that using a 15 gal black nursery pot has allowed me to grow a nice crop of tomatoes even late in the season.  Since the pot is above the ground, it will warm up during the daytime whereas in-ground plants a confined to the ever cooling soil.  


On the cooler nights, you can put a Row Cloth over the top of your tomatoes and even a light bulb under the clothe during colder lower 20’s.  Or you can use this Frost Protek Polypropylene Plant Cover for larger plants.


For the smaller 15 gal containers, you can use the soil separator and some ½ in PVC to build a nice frame to go over the pot and then use a roll of soil separator to cover the PVC frame.




If you have the space available, you can even build a small walk-in structure where you can place your smaller 15 gallon containers using 3/4 inch PVC and The Harvest-Guard Garden Cover

You can also order a pre-fab unit from Shelter Logic  at


Row Cover Hoop House

For your raised garden, you can build a Row Hoop House out of 1/2 inch PVC and some re-bar.



Sometimes winter gardening can be a trial and error event.  Either way, it is a fun adventure in gardening.  Give it a try and let us know how your winter growing project is coming along.


Be sure to send us pictures of your winter gardening projects if you can. 


Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.



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Posted 2016-11-22T20:43:56+0000  by Rick_HD_OC Rick_HD_OC