Greens have been all the rage for the past decade and for excellent reason.
Greens are packed with nutrition, vitamins and minerals and many have a great amount of protein. I’m not here to convince you of all the nutritional benefits that greens have but to help you have a fresh or preserved supply year-round. Greens are easy to grow, offer excellent dollar value and can be sown multiple times a year which makes them the perfect crop to learn year-round growing techniques.
Can you really grow greens year-round?
Greens are perfect for year-round growing!
Baby greens not only offer excellent dollar value but are ready to harvest in 30 days, micro greens and sprouts within a week or two. They are perfect for growing year-round because unlike many other crops, they can be harvested at multiple life stages. This means that even if your head lettuce or your collard greens didn’t grow to the full-sized potential, you can still harvest your leafy crops instead of wasting space. This makes a huge difference for timing because crops that take a long time to grow like root veggies or winter cabbages can be challenging for beginners venturing into year-round gardening.
You’d be surprised at how many greens can be harvested in frosts and even snow!
I’ve had our kale and winter cabbages unprotected down to -10C/4F. With the help of season extenders you can protect many greens down to -20C/-4F because there are many that are frost hardy and some can even withstand minor snow. This allows year-round possibility with season extenders in colder climates. For the climates that get really cold or heavy snow you can easily grow baby or microgreens inside.
There are also many techniques to master year-round growing.
I’ll share a few tips today & stay tuned for more!
Important tips for success
One of the key elements to master when growing greens year-round is succession planting.
This means sowing multiple times a year for consistent frequent harvests and requires smart garden planning and good organization.
Because no one wants to deal with 30 heads of lettuce or too many greens to freeze all at once.
Growing greens year-round is also easier when you learn the many ways to increase yields in small spaces.
Coming in late 2017
This book will have everything you need to learn how to grow and harvest 52 weeks of fresh greens no matter what your climate is!
- How to grow your greens
- Garden planning tips for year-round success
- Get to know 30+ varieties with beautiful photographs
- The top ways to maximize yields
- Growing for your climate
- Using season extenders like cold frames or low tunnels in the fall and winter
- How to preserve your greens
- Dealing with challenges like bolting during heat waves, pests, drought & more
- Overwintering and spring tunnels for early harvests
- Tips for seasonal eating
- Growing baby greens and microgreens indoors for those deep cold climates
- & much more!