There are a few crops we plant in the fall for harvest next year.  Of course we have some fall veggies that we hope will keep producing till spring, such as broccoli and kale, but we know they may not last that long.  But with some, we know that we won’t get to enjoy them until after winter.

We planted a lot of spinach this fall that will overwinter. Even though we have taken a little of it already, it really isn’t intended for harvest until the spring, when it should have a growth spurt.

Garlic and onions are also planted to overwinter.  They get a jumpstart in the fall, then go dormant until the days get longer.

Good looking onions

Good looking onions


After the crazy cold spell we had in early fall, the temps have returned to normal.  So even though we lost a lot of our fall production, there’s still a lot of goodness in our gardens.  Not enough to offer them for sale, but seemingly more than Cherie and I can eat.

Whether we’ll have any cabbage or Brussels sprouts this year remains to be seen.  I’m more optimistic about the Brussels sprouts than the cabbage.  Time will tell.

It’s nice to be able to eat food fresh from the garden in the winter.  Hopefully this winter will permit us to do that.


13 comments on “Overwintering

  1. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, yawn, the day is beginning and it’s always great to start with my morning coffee and Bill’s blog. It’s just part of the morning’s routine and I feel robbed when I don’t get to have that morning up lift.

    It takes a lot of work here in Nebraska to have a Winter garden. Major covering of plants or heated green houses are required to endure the frigid temperatures that reach below zero at times. It can be done but just not worth the effort to me. I always had in mind growing tubs in the basement under grow lights but just haven’t put forth the effort to set it up. I have the space in the seed starting area so maybe this will be the year to attempt one tub to see how it all could work.

    Have a great Winter garden day.

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    • Bill says:

      I always enjoy hearing from you Dave. Thanks for all the great feedback.

      Yeah I don’t expect much gardening can be done in the kind of brutal winters y’all have. Those old Nebraska homesteaders had to be diligent about putting up food for the winter. We’re fortunate to usually be able to nurse some food through the winter.

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  2. beeholdn says:

    How cold is the “normal” winter range where you are, Bill? Do you ever approach 0 deg Fahrenheit?


    • Bill says:

      Yes, we usually have a few days down into the single digits, but they’re not common.
      It was very nice here today, sunny with a high of 60. But that was 10 degrees higher than normal. Out of curiosity I checked and learned that the record low for today was 14 in 1955.

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  3. Dilip says:

    Great to visit your blog Bill and get inspired by your post on veggie growing. Gotta to explore and enjoy more of your posts.
    I too have a small hobby garden which I started after retirement. Started with veggies then switched to culinary herbs. When you have the time please do have a look.

    With kind regards,


    • Bill says:

      Very nice Dilip. Looks like you have green thumb. 🙂

      We enjoy growing herbs as well, but my wife takes the lead on that part of our farm as she understand herbs better than me.


  4. It dropped down to freezing here this morning in southern Oregon, Bill, only the second time this year. I am still looking out on green grass. 🙂 The Siskiyou Mountains that dominate our living room view are covered with snow, however, providing an appropriate whiteness for the season. No vegetables grown up there. 🙂 –Curt


    • Bill says:

      We still have green grass as well. I haven’t had to feed the animals any hay yet this year.

      Sounds like you have a great view. We look out at White Oak Mountain, which I suspect you wouldn’t consider a mountain at all. 🙂


      • Yes, there are eastern mountains and western mountains. (grin) But the easter mountains have a beauty of their own. I love driving the Blue Ridge Highway, especially in the fall. I bicycled it once as well. –Curt


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  6. shoreacres says:

    I’m beginning to appreciate what a blessing it is to be in an area where fresh is available in winter, even if some of it is grown in shelters, like tomatoes. Still, there’s Romaine, spinach, Israeli spinach (more peppery), broccoli, kale, red kale and such available along with assorted squashes. I’m still not in love with salads, but at least we’re speaking to one another. A friend suggested whomping them up by baking a piece of salmon, and then adding the flaked fish. I tried it tonight, and almost was sorry when the salad was gone. 🙂


    • Bill says:

      Eating fresh local produce year round is definitely a benefit of living in a place with mild winters. I’m glad you’re able to take advantage of that.

      If you’re tired of salads, you can cook some of those tasty greens. Last night Cherie made a new recipe (for us) of sauteed spinach with roasted potatoes. Yummy. You can make some wonderful soups with kale (or any other green). Our favorite is a kale and white bean soup. Delicious.

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