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Do you want a winter garden? Time to take action now

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

In mid-June, when I returned from my vacation in Spain, I planted my garden. It’s beginning to do well.

Garden in Aug Side View 

I have kale and green beans that are ready to eat. My carrots are looking good.

Zucchini Yellow 8-11 

Hopefully, I'll have a lot of yellow zucchini.

Tomatoes Green Early Girl Cropped 

For tomatoes, I have a few green ones. These are Early Girls. I usually don’t get many red tomatoes here in the Seattle area.

My raspberry patch produced a lot of raspberries.

Now, it’s time to plant my winter garden.

Carrots, parsnips, peas, beets, spinach, lettuce, onions, leeks, broccoli, collards, and cabbage are among the vegetables that are candidates for a winter garden.

If you’re planting seeds, the ground needs to be warm for them to germinate. That’s in August for warmer climates.

Check with the Cooperative Extension Service in your area for information on what vegetables will work best for a winter garden in your area.

See my article, “It’s Time to Plant Your Winter Garden,” for details on how the first winter garden I planted last year turned out.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Jamie Keifer

I remember planting green beans when I first had my garden. And boy, did they bloom so fast and pretty. It made me realize that I had a green thumb all along. Hehehe. It's so nice that your plants are blooming and turning out fine. =)


Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I do love my garden and seeing the plants get so big and produce so many vegetables.

Your website is nice and colorful. You must love plants, too.

My daughter is a botanist in California. They've issued the new plant ID book, and she said it's much thicker than the last volume. She has a special carrying case that she uses when she does plant identification in the field.


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