Winter Vegetables

Part of my garden design has always been to extend fresh food later into winter.  This is my third day of snow and high winds.  I miss my winter garden.

In Texas and Washington I grew cold season vegetables outside in the winter.   My New Mexico Mountain Food Forest is not warm enough for that.  I don’t have insulating snow cover that would allow me to mulch over root vegetables like carrots and parsnips that could be harvested late into the year.

I do have a few survival nibbles out there, like Juniper berries.  Every winter after heavy frost I go out and collect about 20 to add to a cup of hot Rooibos Red Tea with honey.  Early in the winter they taste like turpentine, but by January they have better flavor.  Except for tea I don’t use them.  I might roast some this year as a pepper substitute, when the snow melts off again.

A few weeks ago I brought in a few spices and herbs both for their good scent and for green nibbles.  This year has  sage, pineapple sage, chocolate mint, German thyme, and oregano.  I cut them to the ground and have new growth.

I found 4 sprouting Yukon Gold potatoes from summer and am trying something different this year.  Instead of rushing to eat them, I dropped them in the bottom of 2 deep pots and will see how they do inside.  I didn’t manage to winter over Yukon Gold potatoes last year and am experimenting to see if these might be a bridge between my crop and spring planting.  Four potatoes in two 12 inch pots might make enough seed potatoes for spring planting.  I also want to order some fingerlings this year for variety.  Russets, although not my favorite, are better for winter storage, although I haven’t sprouted any.  I might get a few in the spring for next winter’s keepers.

Today is a good day to start a pot of radishes inside.  I reseed every couple weeks and eat the greens when they get a couple inches high.

I am dreaming of an unheated greenhouse.  I would try cabbages, mustard, chives, carrot, radishes, garlic, beets, kohlrabi, potatoes, viola, peas, turnips, et and so on down the list of cold hardy vegetables.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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