Cold Weather Gardening

Cold Weather Gardening

Cold Weather Gardening

Gardening in Vermont, I know about cold weather. The growing season is short and intense. I don’t dare go away in May or early June, because if I don’t get everything planted, I may miss the opportunity to get annual plants in the ground soon enough so they produce before a fall frost. Then there’s September and October when frost can come at any time. Yes, it’s a crazy place to garden, but I’ve learned some great tips over the years to make the gardening easier and more productive. Here are some of my best tips:

Build the Soil- With the short growing season and cool temperatures, the soil needs to be in tiptop shape to produce the best annual flowers and vegetables. I like to add a 1- to 2-inch thick deep layer of compost on my beds every spring and work it in. It’s cheapest to buy the compost in bulk from a garden center or have it delivered to your home. To move it around your property, use the Lifetime Yard Cart. This cart can be used as a wheelbarrow for small loads, or attached to your lawn tractor and pulled as a trailer for larger loads. It can hold up to 650 pounds of compost and dumps easily.

Plant on Raised Beds- Create 8- to 10-inch tall beds no more than 4 feet wide and as long as you like. These raised beds will warm up and dry out faster in spring and stay warmer all summer. They’re perfect for getting a jump on the season for cool season crops and keeping the warm season plants growing strong.

Relish the Cool Stuff- Cool weather crops, such as pansies, violas, snapdragons, broccoli, lettuce, peas, radishes, carrots, and kale, all love Vermont. They grow all summer. Even when we get the occasional 90 degree day, they still survive and produce from spring until the real cold weather kills them in October or November. Focus on planting a lot of these flowers and vegetables for success.

Protect the Warm Stuff- Heat loving flowers, such as geraniums, canna lilies, zinnias, and celosia, and warm weather loving vegetables, such as melons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, and squash, all need hot weather to thrive. In cold climates it’s best to protect them early in the season by planting in plastic mulch (keeps the soil warm) or protecting transplants with floating row covers (keeps the air warm around plants).

Plant in Cold Frames- To really extend the season plant in cold frames. These structures are like mini-greenhouses. They allow you to grow plants a few weeks longer in the beginning and end of the gardening season. Plant cool weather loving vegetables such as lettuce, radishes, or carrots in early spring. Once they’re finished, use the cold frame for heat lovers such as cucumbers. When cold weather returns in September, sow another crops of mesclun greens, kale, or spinach. You’ll get 3 harvests from one cold frame each year.

Be the First to comment






Incorrect please try again
  • Get a new challenge
  • Get an audio challenge
  • Get a visual challenge
  • Help
Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

Nothing to report... Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to publish. Your comment will not publish right away because this blog is moderated.

 
  • Random
  • Popular
  • Recent
Lifetime Brands
Earlier this year, we bought a GMC Acadia. I LOVE it! It was the first crossover SUV of its kind and now several other automakers have followed suit. The Acadia is an SUV on the outside with the seating configuration of a mini-van on the inside. Perfect for those of us who like the idea of a mini-van, but not all the psychological baggage that comes along with them! Over the past few months, as friends see our vehicle they will often say comments like, This reminds me a lot of a Saturn Outlook. Or, Is this like a Saturn Outlook? Well, you know why? They are the same car! GMowns both the GMC andSaturn brand and, consequently, the Acadia and Outlook bascially come off the same production line. (And, the Buick Enclave too!). For various marketing and sales strategies, companies often make the same product with slight variations...
Pick Your Favorite Lifetime Table…and WIN It!
Ever wish you could pick your own prize to win for a contest? Well, this month, were doing just that! Simply tell us which Lifetime table you want to win and why you want/need the table, and one lucky random winner will win the table of his/her choice! Thats itjust pick it to win it! How to enter:Visit www.lifetime.com and check out all of our tables in the Lifetime Online Store. Find your favorite oneLifetime table that you want to win! (ALL Lifetime tables are included in this contestbanquet, picnic, camping, specialty, etc. Please note: If a table is sold in bulk, the winner will receive just 1 of thetables, not the bulk package.) Send an e-mail to PR@lifetime.com with the subject line May contest. In the email:1. Tell us the specific Lifetime table you want to win. 2. Tell us why you want/need this particular Lifetime...
Where to Find Lifetime Tables
We often have consumers ask where they can find Lifetime tables in their area. The simple answer is at most every major retailer! But, here is general list: Sam's Club, Costco Wholesale, BJ's Wholesale, Lowe's, Walmart, Kmart, Shopko, and a variety of regional retailers. However, some of you who have been in some of these stores may not have been able to find Lifetime branded tables. You may have seen a table that looked like a Lifetime folding table and wondered if it really was a Lifetime table. Although most of our tables are sold with the Lifetime brand loud and proud, a few of our retail partners sell our product under their in-store private label brand. To help you find a Lifetime table next time you are out shopping, here's a quick list of some of the private label names that our Lifetime tables have: Mainstays - at...