There are many places were urban gardening can take place twelve months of the year. There are also many where temperatures fall below that which a reasonable person would consider conducive to productive work outside, let alone in a garden plot.
There are, however, many chores pertaining to urban gardening that are best done in cool weather, such as the fall or early spring. For more on cool weather gardening, let’s see what Susan Harris has to say over at Garden Rant.
Urban Gardening In The Fall, Winter And Spring
Last week I heard a local horticulturist tell an audience that the only gardening task that could be accomplished in January is planning. No actual gardening. Which surprised me because I’ve been gardening daily all fall and winter except for just two weeks when the ground was frozen, and temps have otherwise been pretty mild.
It’s all about the layers, lots of them, great for shedding as you warm up.
Higgins is surely correct that “the idea of gardening regularly in the winter is alien to many people” and that’s a shame. Here in the Humidity Belt of the Mid-Atlantic the ideal time to do heavy garden tasks is now, when it’s in the 40s and 50s. The 60s are fine but 70 degrees and up, you’re talking about sweating. By summer I’m taking a break from heavy gardening, just keeping up with the watering and weeding and accomplishing even those chores in the early morning.
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Those of you who are dealing with harsher winter conditions, will most likely not be urban gardening the full calendar year, unless of course, you have prepared for it with a green house, cold frame or tunnel. It does make sense though to get those heavy gardening chores out of the way during the cooler months of fall or spring whenever that is possible. Why melt when you can garden in comfort?
What are your favorite, cool weather urban gardening chores? Share them with us in the comments below. We would love to hear about them.
Photo by Susan Reimer
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