Gardening doesn't have to stop - and in many places, a second cool crop naturally takes
It’s usually a lighter workload for you. Weeds
don’t require as much attention or effort to pull since it’s harder for
them to grow while the days remain shorter in length, there are fewer
pests and diseases, and the sun’s intensity isn’t as powerful.
also require less watering during this time because the soil seems to
hold water more efficiently, and for longer periods. More importantly,
temperatures in the summer are sometimes so scathing that this growth
period is the only time in which you can actually grow fragile crops
like lettuce, broccoli, and spinach.
The winter season in warm climates has the same beginnings as
anywhere else during its growing season – you start out by prepping a
clean slate. Turn that soil, remove those weeds, add this compost; treat
the process like you would any other. Organic fertilizer is best used
after you’ve properly prepared the soil, right at or right after initial
planting time. A solid foundation will set the tone for the rest of the
season, which means it’s paramount that we start things off correctly.
Now that we’ve got our initial preparations out of the way, check your zone. Consult your local garden center or extension office. Even though winters are mild in many
regions, certain plants will grow better than others. This means that
we’re better off growing cooler temperature crops, including certain
types of greens like arugula, spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, mustard,
kale, and thrives. Root crops are also an option. Beets, radishes,
onions, and carrots can grow without fear of being roasted in the hot
soils of the summer sun. If you’re a fan of cauliflower you’re in luck –
it, along with broccoli, cabbage, peas, and fava beans, can all
This is also the time to plant winter over crops like garlic and ginseng.
Once these crops are firmly in the ground and fertilized, it’s smooth
sailing. Besides the occasional weeding and watering session (which you
don’t need to do often, especially during this particular season),
gardens are very low maintenance. Mulching is an appropriate next step
in almost all scenarios, the one exception being if you reside in a
location that receives a hefty amount of rainfall (think Pacific
Northwest.) Mulching normally keeps good things from escaping the soil,
but it can become soggy and attract the wrong kinds of pests in rainy
areas; before long, rot will set in and plants will die off.
In order for your crops to get the most out of the soil, we recommend using Dr. Willard’s PlantCatalyst.
Not only does it allow for greater intake of nutrients, it helps water
absorption and flushes out the byproducts of some of the plant
processes. Another great thing about PlantCatalyst is it’s just as low maintenance as your other garden chores, especially
during the mild winter season. Just add to your water, whether that be
in the form of a spray or anything else, and apply periodically – it’s
really that simple.
Barring any extreme cases of frost, which is unlikely due to the
location, most of these crops can be harvested as needed throughout the
season. Spinach and lettuce are two great examples of plants that can be
cut several times only to grow back relatively quickly and repeat the
process. Root crops like carrots and beats, on the other hand, are
picked and finished until the next season starts.
Like any other gardening effort, test and try what works best for you. A quick package of lettuce can give off a quick couple of salads before the heavy frost hits!