The Winter Garden
Use the dormant winter months to plan for the next growing
season. Plan your spring, summer, and autumn crops so you have a crop
of winter vegetables to fuel your cold winter soups!
Winter gardens are all about leaves, stems, and roots, which mature
slowly as the weather cools and the days shorten. Better still, winter
vegetables sweeten with the cold. Taste a winter-pulled parsnip or
winter-cut spinach, you're familiar with the culinary deliciousness
winter gardening can bring.
Seasoned parsnip growers will share their secret: parsnips are
tastiest only after the frost. The freezing temperatures cause the
starches in parsnip roots to turn into sugar, resulting in a
carrot-like root vegetable with a naturally sweet, nutty flavor.