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I've decided to plant a winter garden and use row covers to keep the frost off some of the lettuces, broccoli, and cauliflower. Today I tilled my garden bed and plan on adding the sifted contents of my compost pile tomorrow. I'll probably also rake up some leaves and run over them with the mower a few times. Hmmm...maybe I should pick up some bags of leaves tomorrow from the neighborhood?<br><br>
Anyway, I live in Zone 7B and the only thing my parents have ever grown in the winter is turnip/mustard greens <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"><br><br>
My winter garden wishlist includes:<br><br>
Two types of carrots - little finger and danvers<br>
Radishes<br>
Cauliflower<br>
Endive<br>
Parsnips<br>
Broccoli<br>
And 7 types of lettuce<br><br>
I really want to have some fresh veggies this winter, but I just wonder if I'm setting myself up for failure? We normally have mild winters here.<br><br>
I have pipe and plastic sheeting already, so I'm thinking some low row covers ought to do the trick. However, I wonder if I need to perforate the plastic to allow water in and excess heat out?<br><br>
Any experience with this?
 

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So yesterday it was 85 degrees out and I decided to go ahead and plant some seeds. <a href="http://backyardgrown.com/octobergarden.jpg" target="_blank">Here's a picture of the garden</a>.<br><br>
I made hills so I could pack some compost in between the rows to help keep things toasty this winter. I figured some decomposing leaves and chipped wood etc. would warm up but not burn my veggies since it won't actually be touching the plants.<br><br>
I ended up planting:<br><br>
Carrots<br>
Radishes<br>
Cauliflower<br>
Parsnips<br>
Broccoli<br>
And 5 types of lettuce<br><br>
Not much deviation from my original plan, but I ran out of room for the other lettuces and the endive. It looks like I'll have to expand for spring!<br><br>
By the way, I've never had parsnips....are they any good?
 

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Parsnips are pretty good when they're roasted with potatoes and onions (and a little olive oil and salt and pepper).<br><br>
I'm jealous of your winter garden! I had good intentions this year and bought a bunch of cool weather seeds, but then I chickened out. I hope yours is successful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hat">
 
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