16 Aug '11, 12pm

It might be summer still, but now is the time to plan your winter vegetable garden. Here's how:

It might be summer still, but now is the time to plan your winter vegetable garden. Here's how:

When winter rolls around, it’s natural to feel a pang of concern at the thought of losing your precious flora to the unforgiving weather and bitter cold, but you don’t have to sit just back and watch the destruction unfold while hoping that at least one of your plants will make it through. Vegetable patch or flowery ornamentals: there are plenty of ways to protect your garden from damage. Better still, you can make winter just as fruitful as summer by doing a bit of savvy planting now. Whether it's cabbages or parsnips, December doesn't mean having to trade in your home grown fare for supermarket stock. The flower garden too can produce a surprising number of blooms during the winter months, with everything from jasmine to aconites around to provide a splash of colour during the colder months. ‘Sadly, we are just running out of time for sowing many types of vegetables for ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/gardening/...

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