Today was our first freeze in the Piedmont region of NC, meaning that the growing season has officially ended.
Are things still growing “unofficially” that have already been planted or is everything harvested? Do you do any winter growing and if so, what is grown? If nothing, what kinds of foods are eaten over the winter? This kind of stuff was once obvious when most people lived agrarian lives, but now I (and others?) have to ask.
Well, most people don’t realize that the wheat that’s harvested in the summer is planted the previous fall. So, our fields are green with young, beautiful wheat. We also plant the grass and clover that will be eaten by the animals in the Spring now, to lay dormant over the winter and shoot up in the spring…rather than planting in the spring and hoping it gets its roots in before the temperature rises. Most plants need to grow down before they grow up and the fall/winter is the time for root growth.
In the back garden there are turnips, broccoli, cabbages, onions and collards growing, which are the cold weather vegetables.
Our spring gardens will be planted just after New Year’s Day! Early peas, lettuce, spinach, onions and another wave of winter greens all go in for spring harvesting.
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