Grow More Food with Fall and Winter Crops – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#36)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article about how to grow more food with cool season crops. To live a fully self sufficient lifestyle, you must grow more food with fall and winter crops! Year Round Vegetable Gardening for More Food If you are a homesteader, and you want to live a self sufficient lifestyle, than you must consider how to grow more food with fall and winter crops. When most folks think about having a vegetable garden, it is just a one season garden. They prepare for the garden in spring, plant it when temperatures warm up typically by June 1st, and then it is over and done with when the chilly temps of fall set in. If you are trying to live a more self sustainable lifestyle, as many homesteaders strive to do, don’t fall into this trap! Everyone can grow food in those cooler seasons as well as the summer, and if you do so, you will have more fresh food for your family. This is an excellent book on year round vegetable gardening The Year Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabour. The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman is another must have book for gardening for food in the winter. Cold Season Crops vs Warm Season Crops Many beginner gardeners, are not aware that some crops prefer to be grown or started in the cooler seasons, and don’t fare as well when planted in the summer heat. Often times, the summer heat will cause these crops to bolt, or go to seed. On the other hand, some crops prefer growing in the warm season, and don’t fare well if the temperature goes below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, such as tomatoes and peppers. Cold Season…