- globe and bunching onions
- brussels sprouts
- cole crops
- carrots (try a good main crop/storage variety)
Many crops can be "wintered over" for a Spring Harvest, these have various planting times depending on the number of days to maturity, but a general rule of thumb is to sow these in August. Some examples are:
- early carrots
- some chards and cabbages
I had planned on experimenting with wintering over but have found my garden with little room to spare. How can I start a Fall pea crop when the Spring crop is still producing heavily? Where am I going to stick those Brussels Sprouts? Ugh, and the idea of starting leek and onion seedlings makes me cringe, we just broke down the seed station from the winter that had been a garden catch-all for us all season. At least I got a carrot and bean sowing in this past weekend.
Seeds of Change has a nice list of seeds they recommend for a Four Season Harvest here, and this is a tip from Mother Earth News-
"Most important for winter harvests—after the selection of the hardiest
vegetables and varieties available—is the application of deep mulch. We put
12 or more inches of dry hay over the beds before freezing temperatures
begin in the fall (plastic sheeting on top keeps water out). That way, we're
still eating winter crops when the spring garden starts producing its first
greens. And that's a gardener's thrill!"
Most importantly, don't forget to order that garlic!!