Get ready for winter gardening at the Community Education Garden

Spinach and lettuce grown in a cold frame through the winter were producing a crop when this photo was taken in early March.

Summer is here, so every gardener knows it’s time to get ready for autumn. With that in mind, the WSU Master Gardeners invite you to the Community Education Garden (CEG) from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 16 for some tips on winter gardening. As part of the 3rd Saturday in the Garden series, you can learn how to extend your harvest and have a source of fresh greens during cold months.

Cold-tolerant crops can be planted in late summer or early fall under some type of cover for protection from snow and cold, then harvested throughout the winter. Seeds germinate best when the temperature is about 70 degrees F, but some plants will survive quite well in cold temperatures once established. The hardiest vegetables can withstand air temperatures below 28 degrees F. Many cole crops can survive to 10 degrees and spinach can survive down to 0 degrees. Kale, Brussels sprouts, arugula, bok choy and mizuna can be harvested all winter if they have protection from heavy snow.

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