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Winter Gardening Techniques For Missouri Gardeners

green water can covered in snow

Growing In the Winter

Winters in Missouri can be downright brutal. Now that December is here it’s only a matter of time before we are under a foot of snow. Those of us with the urge to garden have to retreat indoors and wait for months until spring arrives again. The only thing that can bring us any reminder of our gardening are the canned and pickled vegetables in the basement. You may not have your garden, but there are ways to grow vegetables in the winter. Take a look at these winter gardening ideas.

Plant a Late Garden

snow on a plantWe usually harvest our garden in the fall but some vegetables are very cold tolerant and can stay productive in the winter. Here’s a list of crops that grow in the winter.

  • Garlic
  • Onions (sow in January – February)
  • Leeks
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Peas (sow in November and February)
  • Potatoes (sow in January or February)
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Kale

Plant an Indoor Herb Garden

Indoor herb gardens are on the rise among homeowners who want fresh herbs on hand. As we spend more time indoors in the winter, we tend to cook more home-cooked meals. Imagine cooking pasta and just reaching over and grabbing a few sprigs of basil off your window planter. Herbs are very easy to grow. They can grow in any sized pot but should be placed in an area where they get the most sunlight.

Convert Your Sunroom

If you have a sunroom or an enclosed porch that you never use, turn it into a greenhouse. Here you plant your larger vegetables in pots. As long as you have plenty of sunlight and keep the temperature comfortable, any garden vegetable should thrive.

  • Rosemary

Rosemary is known for its strong and wonderful aroma. It likes dry roots and prefers to absorb moisture from the air through its foliage. Use a spray bottle with water and mist the foliage once or twice a week.

  • Bay Leaf

Bay leaves are used in many Mediterranean dishes. Recipes may call for a whole bay leaf or two to flavor savory dishes like soups, stews, and casseroles.

  • Sage

Sage is an ingredient used in a lot of food around the holidays which is how most people associate its strong aroma. Sage can last a long time and like wine, it gets better with age.

  • Basil

Basil is one of the most popular herbs and a staple of any herb planter. It can liven up any dish but it is most famously used in pasta and other Italian dishes.

  • Mint

Mint is another versatile herb that you should always have on hand. Mint can add flavor to salads, teas, drinks, and deserts.

Cold Frame Gardening

cold frame for gardenCold frame gardening is a trend that is catching on among gardeners in recent years. There are many ways to build a cold frame garden but the basics are the same. It’s a wooden box built on or partially into the ground with a hinged, transparent lid. The lid allows sunlight to enter and through the process of convection, keeps the inside of the box warm. Essentially, a cold frame garden is a tiny greenhouse.  You can plant your vegetables in the ground inside the box or just set pots inside. Either way, your plants will be protected from the harsh winter cold because of science! 

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