Carson City, NV, October 04, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- A gardening expert at Home and Garden America recently offered 3 tips for gardeners who want to grow fall or winter gardens using survival seeds non hybrid. These tips are useful for growing ones favorite winter vegetables and can carry over into other gardening efforts as well.
Tip #1 - Use a cold frame to help keep the soil and plants at higher temperatures. There are many ways to construct a cold frame from using plexiglass to using old windows but the main thing to remember is that the top of the cold frame should be slanted so the water and melting snow can easily drain off of it. The lower end of the roof should be facing south for maximum warmth.
Constructing them on the south side of a block wall, garage or shed can also help protect them from high winds and provide additional heat close to the soil and plants.
Some people add heat to the soil using electric heating coils but others of a more organic mindedness will bury some decomposing manure or other composting materials beneath the area to be planted which will put off a natural form of heat as the material decomposes.
Tip #2 - Adding mulch can help with maintaining moisture in the ground during warm months but can also aid in insulating the plant roots from freezing cold during the winter months.
Using commercial organic mulch or things commonly found around the home like newspaper, that has been shredded, can act as a way to keep ground soil from being washed away by winter rains. If materials are used, that tend to absorb nitrogen from the soil, it will require additional vigilance to test and replenish the nitrogen by other means.
Tip #3 - People should not be shy about experimenting with various crops. Many novice gardeners might be surprised at the crops which can be planted much later than the recommended time-frame which will do very well as late fall or winter crops.
Organic vegetable gardening should be a fun, learning experience and the rewards of eating vegetables late in the year that most people won't be eating is just another of the main rewards of organic gardening.
Chuck Harmon enjoys writing consumer information material on a wide range of products and his work in the gardening arena is no exception. His interest in organic vegetable gardening came about from trying to find better tasting vegetables.