Cold Crops -Fall 2019

by: Aidan Feeney

Autumn is a time to enjoy the bounty of crops you planted in the summer, and to put the garden to bed for the winter. It is a time, for most small growers, for daydreaming and planning for next spring.

Your growing season, however, does not need to come to a complete stop. With some foresight, it is entirely possible to continue growing and harvesting crops into the winter and to over-winter crops for an early-spring harvest.

When growing winter crops, fall should be thought of as a reverse spring. On this side of the calendar, days get shorter and temperatures get cooler with each passing week. As a consequence, we have to plant cold-hardy crops and we need to sow them with precise timing so they will be mature by the time daylight hours are too short for plant growth.

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