Fall is here. And now is the time to plant your winter garden and take advantage of our Mediterranean climate in Santa Cruz County.
There is an abundance of cool-weathered vegetables just waiting to be planted.
Step 1: A quick summer garden clean up is essential. This actually prepares the way for a healthy spring garden as well. Rake up the rotting fruit, put the withering vines in the greenwaste bin, and throw down a new layer of mulch.
Step 2: Pick winter vegetables (as opposed to summer vegetables). Snap peas, lettuce, beets, leeks, green onions, kale, chard, carrots, potatoes and some ideas.
Step 3: Give as much sun exposure as possible. Because the daylight is less in the winter, make sure that your garden is getting sun.
Step 4: Be patient. Plants grow more slowly in the winter. Normally, our wet winter will take care of the watering. (Let's hope for a wet winter.)
For additional information on winter gardens in the Santa Cruz area, visit The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.