Thinking about winter gardening

We haven’t even officially started summer here in Vancouver but it’s almost time to start thinking about winter gardening! We’re lucky in the Pacific Northwest to have a viable winter gardening season; it’s not far-fetched to be able to grow into October and November.

Here are some seeds to consider sowing in late June so that the crops will be ready for the winter:

From lisarayner.com

From lisarayner.com

Carrot Family (Apiaceae): carrots and fennel

Onion Family (Alliaceae): green onions

Mustard Family (Brassicaceae): Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, turnips

Sunflower Family (Compositae): endive, radicchio

Beet Family (Chenopodiaceae): beets, Swiss chard

Remember that root vegetables such as rutabagas, turnips, carrots, and beets do better starting from seed; they do not take well to transplanting.

Look for more tips like these at Seattle Tilth, who provides a monthly guide to gardening in our climate.

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