The good and bad of winter gardening

arugula, winter gadeningThe good is you get some great food!  The bad is you lose some things along the way.  Like the summer garden, the winter has it's own unique set of challenges.  In this picture you can see the flexible PVC that's used to protect crops with floating row cover and plastic.  Because it's so close to the plants, the outside edges of the garden box end are much colder than the middle. Notice the appearance of the outermost leaves. Now look at the condition of the arugula plant as you move to the middle of the box-where it's doing quite well.  The trick is to give yourself room between the ambient air and your protection.  There isn't much space to work with in this box, but there is on my other 4X16' box.  My next post will show you what that looks like  and you'll be able to see the spacing difference.  In the meantime, keep collecting that compost material from your kitchens.  It will be put to great use in a few months and you'll be glad you did.

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