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Here's an example of how this gardener had got things ready for winter. Some of the stuff they have already used a low hoop with 4 mm plastic, other stuff is still OK even with a bit of frost. The important part is you can see they have prepared.
Here's a larger garden all set up with the hoop house frames. I have used these types of frames and I have one complaint about them: THEY RUST REALLY QUICK! Just a few seasons and ours were trashed. That's why I prefer a coated or stainless option, a 4 x 8 ft. sheet of steel fencing (like hog fencing) with small squares that will never rust through or break, OR the PVC plastic tubing (it's great- just don't work with it when it's super cold out or you will snap it). The plastic conduit PVC tubing stuff is dirt cheap too (which I really like).
Most of the time I use old windows for raised cold frames like the ones below which is great repurposing for our garden projects.
Even in the dead of winter when you think nothing is growing, your spinach will slowly grow. Here's a great example from the East Coast. Down in Windsor we have no problem growing greens right through the winter. The kale and many brassicas don't seem to mind our mild winters at all.
Plants that can overwinter for early spring harvest:
- alliacea (garlic, leeks, onions)
- herbs (thyme, oregano, sage, chives)
- root vegetables (turnips, carrots, parsnips)
- greens (spinach, kale)
Plants for late-fall/winter harvest:
- brassicas (broccoli, rapini, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, kohl rabi)
- root vegetables (turnips, rutabaga, carrots, beets, radishes, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes)
- greens (kale, bok choy, collards, swiss chard, spinach, arugula)
- Growing tips
- Pick varieties that grow to maturity in short time periods.
- Water less in the late fall to prevent freeze/thaw cycles from splitting vegetables.
- Plant greens, lettuces and herbs every few weeks to ensure continuous harvest throughout the season, including late into fall.