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Newsletter#7

Preparing For Winter

 


Winter is Fast Approaching in the Northern Hemisphere.
Now is the time to plan Your Winter Gardens in those areas
where You can Still Garden.

In Sub-tropical Zones You can grow vegetables from cooler
Summer Climates successfuly in the Winter.

In Temperate Zones there are still vegetables that will grow
through the Winter.

In the Colder Zones You may Still have time to grow
some legumes,such as peas etc. for a cover crop to be dug in
as green manure before the freeze or left and dug in after the
Thaw.

Brussel Sprouts are one vegetable that can be grown in some areas.
Sprouts generally produce best when the average daily temperature is
about 65 degrees F. (a bit of frost will not hurt them).
 
Sprouts require a lot of feeding use plenty of manure when preparing
the bed for them and apply more every couple of weeks.

Like cabbages they require regular watering (early morning is best)

For an Earlier harvest remove the bottom leaves to about 6 to 8 inches
above the ground as soon as You see the first sprout starting to form.

Peas are also a good crop over winter if it is not too cold.(very little frost)

Cabbages are also a good cool weather crop.


Companion herbs

English Marigold (Calendula,also called Pot Marigold) with  Tomatoes
Helps deter Tomato Worm, Asparagus Beetles. Also attracts Bees.

 Pyrethrum Daisy, Use dried flower heads as a general insect repellent.

 Marigolds (tagettes,French or African Marigold) Plant throughout the garden
 Helps deter Mexican Bean Beetles and Nematodes.

Lavender attracts Bees also use indoors for  Moths -- combine with southernwood,
wormwood and rosemary in an anti-moth sachet.

 Wormwood can be planted as a border to keep animals out of the garden.

Happy Gardening,
                            Ed.
PS If You Have a Question about organic Gardening E-mail me.
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