Winter Tips

I hope you have had the rewards of a bountiful vegetable harvest to be thankful for this year. It is great to know that all the hard work has paid off and you can enjoy the good vegetables. Here are some Winter tips for keeping your thumb green!

Winter Tips for Storing Fresh Vegetables

If you are storing fresh vegetables such as winter squash, potatoes, onions & root crops in a root cellar or a special area in your basement, it is important to check on them every once in a while. If you find some that are starting to deteriorate, throw them out onto the compost pile. Not every single vegetable you put in will keep well. Don’t be discouraged by the few you lose.

Let me share a quick and easy storage tip for your onions. Put one onion in the toe of old pantyhose, tie a knot above it, add another onion, and tie a knot, etc. until hose is filled. Hang in a cool, dry place. When you need an onion, simply cut below the knot.

Don’t forget to order several seed company catalogs as they can be helpful when you plan your vegetable garden next year. They provide useful gardening tips and ideas for a better garden.

The holidays are just around the corner and there are lots of gift ideas in the gardening departments of stores that can make gardening easier for anyone. One might also consider a subscription to a gardening magazine or a “How to Garden” book. Home canned preserves also make a nice gift in a basket with fresh baked pumpkin or zucchini muffins or cookies.

Gardening is an on-going learning experience. Share your successes and failures with your gardening friends and family. Let us learn from each others experiences and continue to have the best gardens possible.