December 7, 2023

Winter Garden

We have two primary growing “seasons” here in Louisiana — one in the autumn and winter and one in spring and early summer. There are many vegetables which grow well in our cooler fall and winter weather. Most of these plants will laster through the winter months if our winter weather is mild. With freezing weather, some of them need to be protected. October is a great time to get out in the garden and plant some of these crops. I usually transplant small seedlings because they are much easier to get started and, realistically, how many mustard plants to you actually need?

Strawberriers are an interesting plant. They are purchased with their bare roots showing — 12 plants in a bundle. After planting, the tops die back, but the roots take hold. Then the little plants sprout and they grow all winter, with strawberries in February and March. I tried planting them in pots this winter with success – but, unfortunately, the birds found that the berries were mightly tasty.

What am I planting in my winter garden?

  • Herbs: Parsley, Cilantro, Dill
  • Vegetables: Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, Pak Choi,
  • Root Vegetables: Carrots, Beets
  • Fruits: Strawberries

Here are some of the recipes which I’ve made using the produce (including beets) grown in my winter garden. How rewarding is it — in spite of the work, time and expense — to grow your own vegetables.

Let’s Plant Cilantro

With the cool front passing through the South, it’s a great time to get out into the yard; plant some herbs and vegetables that tolerate…