Most people think that spring and summer are the only times to plant new seeds and grow fresh vegetables, but there are plenty of species who thrive in the winter, too! Lots of plants and vegetables are hardy enough to weather the cold months, both flowers and vegetables. So what should you be planting this month?
If you want to plant flowers, now is a good time to plant the flowering bulbs if you want them to bloom in next year’s spring. Daffodils should be placed in bold drifts naturalized in grass. These happy plants are great: easy maintenance, hardy, and beautiful once they bloom. Tulips, heathers, grasses, dahlias, holly, and other herbaceous perennials are a good bet this time of year, too.
There are a lot of options for the vegetable garden as well! Root vegetables are especially happy in the cold months, so things like turnips, parsnips, and carrots will do well in the November ground. Garlic and mushrooms will grow well, too. And if you’re lucky enough to have some fragrant fresh manure on hand, this is the time to spread it across your vegetable beds! Other winter veggie options include lettuces, radishes, spinach, and broccoli.
But don’t go thinking your winter gardens will be just root vegetables and waiting on new bulbs to bloom several months from now. You can plant fruit now for a little extra vitamin C. Currant bushes should be planted soon; you can also grow raspberry canes, strawberry plants, and pear and apple trees.
But if you live in a very cold climate or you don’t feel like going outdoors in winter to plant, you’re not out of luck. Grow some happy herbs on your windowsill like basil, chives, parsley, or thyme. And you still have the option of working in a cozy greenhouse!
If you are working with a greenhouse, now is a good time to prepare it well for the busy spring and summer. Replace any damaged glass now so the cold air can’t get in and damage your garden; clean it well; get going with solar lights; and make sure you ventilate well. You’ll be able to sow winter salads and herbs happily in here.
If you take good care of your plants and get them going at the right times of year, you’ll have a healthy and robust garden all year round!