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Vegetables to grow in winter: a how-to guide

Vegetables to grow in winter: a how-to guide
With the help of a bit of cover, and carefully selected varieties of seeds, it is possible to grow vegetables and herbs all year round in the United Kingdom, and presumably therefore in other temperate countries that have frosty winters.In my corner of Scotland, away from the sea and up in the hills, there is only one month of the year that can be guaranteed to be frost free and that is July. Most years we cannot grow courgettes or runner beans outside without cover. In our case, experimenting has paid off and we often have more produce in winter than in summer. Why grow vegetables in winter? There are a number of advantages to growing vegetables in winter: Mature overwintered veg keeps growing until December under cover, stands for the winter then comes away fast in February. Protecting plants from frost Any protection that you can give plants over the winter will help them, although there are a number of things you can grow with no protection at all. Starting seeds & succession sowing

Une forêt comestible de 3 hectares se développe à Seattle L’une des plus grandes forêts comestibles au monde établies sur un espace public pousse actuellement à Seattle. Fort de quelque 100 bénévoles, le projet vise à créer selon le principe de la permaculture un agrosystème autonome de 3 hectares. La Beacon Food Forest offrira des bénéfices environnementaux, économiques et sociaux très concrets aux habitants de la ville. © Beacon Food Forest Aux confins du nord-ouest américain, non loin de la frontière canadienne, la ville de Seattle voit germer une forêt qui pourrait faire un peu d’ombre au mondialement célèbre Central Park de New York. Jouxtant le Jefferson Park au cœur du quartier de Beacon Hill et située à 4 km du centre ville de Seattle, la Beacon Food Forest était à l’origine en 2009 un projet de fin d’étude. 120.000 dollars de subventions municipales allouées en 2010 et 2011 lui auront permis de voir le jour. Des fruits à tous les niveaux Première récolte à l’été 2014 Nicolas Blain

Garden calendar to keep your kitchen garden growing - vegetables and herbs to sow and plant right now Plans & Designs Indoor/Outdoor Garden Recycle Plastic Bottles for the Garden Don't Throw them Away! All those empty plastic water and soft drink bottles that you throw into the dustbin each week - whether separated from other rubbish or not - are best held back for a recycling in the garden for a variety of purposes many of which can save your money. Some of our ways of using them are as follows Clodagh & Dick Hanscombe Gardening authors and broadcasters living in Spain. You can visit them and buy their gardening books from Gardening in Spain Growing plants from cuttings Cut the top of all sizes and make a small hole in the bottom and you have a usefully deep flower pot for planting up cuttings from the winter cutback. Moreover if you cut off the top a third of the way down you have a lid that can be taped back on to create a mini green house that will keep cuttings in a constantly moist atmosphere and protected from sold draughts. Heads for scare crows. Telling dogs to move on . Telling white and green fly they are not wanted . Keeping garden twine tidy. Growing vegetables on a mini scale .

Heirloom Cold-Weather Salad Greens - Organic Gardening These heirloom cold-weather salad greens are easy to grow and can be used in a variety of ways. September 18, 2013 By William Woys Weaver Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by William Woys Weaver is the culmination of some thirty years of first-hand knowledge of growing, tasting and cooking with heirloom vegetables. Buy the brand new e-book of Weaver’s gardening classic in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Heirloom Vegetable Gardening. To locate mail order companies that carry these heirloom cold-weather salad greens, use our Custom Seed and Plant Finder. The convenience of supermarket vegetables the year around has led us to forget the dire shortage of green vegetables that many people suffered years ago. 'Buckshorn Plantain' Plantago cornopus Never given much notice in American garden books, this delightful heirloom is nevertheless a garden vegetable of considerable vintage in Europe. 'Chicory' Chicorium intybus specialty and an acquired taste. an eighteenth-century variety. I collect corn salad.

Droit aux buttes Jardins en buttes à l'écocentre du périgord On les voit fleurir un peu partout, elles représentent une vraie révolution dans notre relation au sol et notre façon de cultiver. Symboles par excellence de l’agroécologie mais surtout de la permaculture (avec la poule), elles n’en sont pourtant qu’un élément parmi d’autres. Elles représentent l’antithèse du jardin à la papa : un espace riche et vivant, résistant à la sécheresse, à l’excès de pluie, un espace multidimensionnel extrêmement productif qui peut même être auto-fertile. L’observation et l’imitation de la Nature nous ouvre de nouvelles portes délivrées du travail du sol, des intrants chimiques et du pétrole, pour une agriculture non plate, non linéaire, vivante et qui crée de la fertilité. C’est Emilia Hazelipp qui semble avoir importé la culture sur butte en France. Mais quels sont les avantages de cette culture étrange qui demande pourtant un gros travail de mise en place? tout d’abord, elle évite de se baisser. J'aime :

How to: create a Planting Calendar I must say that while I’m finding this market garden experiment very exciting, it’s also rather daunting. What are we planting today? What are we planting next week? Joyce Wilkie devised this garden card system firstly for her market garden at Allsun Farm, but happily she’s the kind of lady that likes to share. The Allsun Farm planting calendar system works in a simple but powerful way: Each month has a designated card. It’s disarmingly simple, and powerful too. Each month has three columns: Grow Seedlings (ie plant them into pots), Sow into Ground, and Pick. If you don’t know how to plant the crop in question, that bit of research should be done first. 12 months of planting and picking at Allsun Farm, all in your pocket September is busy! The cards are also great because you can jot down important notes on them (numbers of plants, unexpected frost date, etc) and cross things off as they get done. The info on these cards is, of course, particular to your garden’s bioshpere.

What to Grow in the Shady Bit I’m asked on a regular basis what to grow in the shady part of a vegetable plot so I thought it was about time I wrote a post on the topic. So here goes. Firstly, you’re not alone in wondering what the heck to grow in the shady bit of the garden. Most of the vegetable books talk about giving plants an ‘open site’ ‘in full sun’. Which is totally possible on an allotment but is virtually impossible in your own garden at home. There are usually walls, fences, trees, and buildings to contend with making it inevitable that there will always be a ‘shady bit’ Mtp has a shady bit – or if you’re going to get technical, a ‘north facing wall’. This is the type of shady bit that is totally usable in a vegetable garden. Now for the cream – what ‘can’ you grow in partial shade? Here’s a list of the vegetables that will tolerate shade LeeksKaleCalvo NeroRadicchioChardSpinach BeetCressRadishSageRosemaryBayLettuce (winter varieties)Mustard GreensAsparagus (although fewer spears will be produced)

How to Grow a Wire and Moss Lettuce Hanging Basket Not only is this lettuce and moss basket attractive covered in foliage, texture, and color, it looks good enough to eat. Moreover, it is! This edible container is so lovely it can hang in the front entryway; and, it's fantastic to eat and healthy for you. One of the benefits of lettuce growing in a hanging basket is slugs can't get to them! The down side to wire hanging baskets is they dry out easily. If you don't want to make this stunning basket of lettuce (see directions below), you can always plant your lettuce in beautiful hanging pots and containers. Directions Lettuce Seedlings Most times, I start my own lettuce seedlings, but a good garden center will carry many good varieties in six-pack or four-pack containers. Wire basket with hanger. Whiskey barrel liner. Moss soaking in water. Starting from the bottom. First row. Second row. A row after it's planted. Planting complete! After your plant settles in, use a high nitrogen organic fertilizer. Gather your materials Tools you will need:

10 Vegetables More Cold-Hardy than Kale If you think winter gardening involves months of eating kale, think again. A wide variety of garden vegetables tolerate freezing just as well as, and some even better than, most kale varieties. On my quest to select the top vegetables for winter gardening, I invited three other gardeners from around North America to share their favorites, based on their experiences growing in winter. All of these gardeners grow in colder climates than my own here in the Kentucky mountains (zone 6b), so if you think growing in winter is out of your reach, I hope you’ll be inspired to give it a try. Meet the Panel: Anna, from Northern Homestead. Isis, from Little Mountain Haven. Connie, from Urban Overalls. 1) Carrots Cold winter temperatures stimulate sugar accumulation in carrots, acting as a natural antifreeze that protects the roots from freeze damage. A January harvest of young kohlrabi, chard, and carrots. 2) Spinach Although tender in your salads, spinach is actually a tough little plant. 3) Leeks

Le sol, un milieu vivant en danger Les échos du développement durable : Le sol, un milieu vivant en danger Depuis l’invention de l’agriculture sédentarisée il y a 10 000 ans environs, l’humanité a créé deux milliards d’hectares de désert dont un au cours du vingtième siècle. À l’heure actuelle l’humanité et ses 6,8 milliards d’êtres humains, dispose encore d’environ 1,5 milliard d’hectares de sol cultivé pour se nourrir, ce qui correspond à 2 400 m² par habitant. Avant de parler d’agronomie et du constat alarmant présenté en introduction, il est important de définir ce qu’est un sol et quelles sont les grandes bases de son fonctionnement. La pratique du labour si fermement ancrée dans l’esprit des agriculteurs tient une responsabilité importante face à l’agonie des sols. La très grande majorité des sols agricoles sont arrivés à ce dernier stade de dégradation. Le sol, comme le pétrole, est une ressource « finie » sur cette planète ; mais contrairement au second, on ne peut pas vivre sans lui car il nous nourrit.

When to Plant App When to Plant App The When to Plant app is available now for $1.99! Knowing the best times to start seeds, direct sow and transplant garden crops is key to growing a successful garden. Our When to Plant app — recommended in Wired magazine's App Guide as a Top Pick for gardening apps — gives you the best planting times for vegetables, herbs, fruit, cover crops and common companion planting flowers. By using your ZIP code and a database of almost 5,000 weather stations across North America, the When to Plant app locates average frost dates for your garden from the nearest station, and calculates the best range of planting dates for each crop. This app is a helpful tool for spring, summer and fall planting. The When to Plant app is available in the Apple App Store for $1.99 and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Here is a glimpse of the When to Plant app, plus more about what it can do: The app provides easy access to National Weather Service long-range forecast maps (U.S. only).

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