Temperatures are dropping, which means that it’s time to start thinking about your fall/winter garden. Depending on what part of the world you live in, you may have already gotten started, but the truth is that Savannah doesn’t get much cooler until about November.
Bobby and I started gardening last year. I’m no expert, but I do enjoy reading about this topic and also experimenting with different plants. To me, gardening is a form of meditation and a hobby completely different from the things I usually do.
Both summer gardens we’ve planted have been a huge success. We’ve had so many cherry tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, basil leaves and cucumbers that the past two summers we’ve found ourselves making huge salads, pasta sauces, juices, and, of course, giving away many of these goodies to our loved ones.
Now, last year’s fall/winter garden was a different story. We planted kale, romaine lettuce, and Brussels sprouts and got absolutely nothing. Well, we literally got one Brussel sprout—can you believe this? My theory is that we planted everything too early in the season, so this year we decided that we needed to take our time.
There are so many factors that come into play when starting a garden: the quality of the soil, the temperatures, whether you start it from seeds or not.
We are still thinking about what exactly we are going to plant this year, but in the meantime, we’ll be ripping out the old stuff and prepping the soil ,so hopefully we can have a healthy fall/winter garden this year! I’m considering trying some squash, a different leafy green, and I’ll probably give Brussels sprouts a second chance because they’re definitely one of our favorite roasted vegetables!
How does your fall/winter garden look like?
Claudia Deen is a Certified Health Coach based in Savannah, GA, and the founder of The Trendy Smoothie. Claudia is a brown belt in karate, thirteen-time half-marathon finisher, seven-time marathon finisher, and two-time Ironman 70.3 finisher. After a career in advertising, her passion for fitness and fresh eating led to a career centered on helping others achieve a healthier lifestyle. In 2013, Claudia married Paula’s son, Bobby. You can follow Claudia on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.