My Top 6 Crops for the Winter Garden!

My Top 6 Crops for the Winter Garden!

My top 6 crops for the winter garden!

0:21 Spinach
1:45 Carrots
2:44 Kale
3:45 Lettuce
5:01 Mache
5:47 Claytonia

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Fall/Winter Planting Calendar: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1X5MCitLZFTwf1p332kO-4l9BStB2DPcTnbx-0xcqVTA/edit?usp=sharing

Seeds:
Red Kitten Spinach – https://www.ufseeds.com/product/red-kitten-spinach-seeds/
Giant Winter Spinach – https://bountifulgardens.org/products/VSP-5300
Danvers Half Long Carrot – http://www.rareseeds.com/danvers-126-half-long-carrot/
Starbor Kale – http://amzn.to/2ybIORM
Siber Frill Kale – https://bountifulgardens.org/products/VKA-3925
Winter Density Lettuce- https://www.ufseeds.com/product/winter-density-lettuce-seeds/
Arctic King Lettuce – https://bountifulgardens.org/products/VLE-4250
Hungarian Pink Winter Lettuce – https://bountifulgardens.org/products/VLE-4272
Mache – https://www.ufseeds.com/product/mache-corn-salad-seeds/
Claytonia – http://www.rareseeds.com/miners-lettuce/

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50 Comments

  1. Oggie Ramos on March 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Oscar wants some red kitten spinach perhaps 😀 We don’t have winter here where I live but I like to get insights from your gardening methods and experience.

  2. Sacred Wonders Maine on March 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    We are in Maine zone 5…thanks for all the great info.:)

  3. Hevo Foro on March 14, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Great video…timely topic. I had already purchased Claytonia and Mache seed for this fall based on your prior vidoes. Thank you, Patrick.

  4. Sandra xyz on March 14, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Patrick, I love your cat; he is so cute. I’m in zone 5b, 10 miles from zone 4, Monument from colorado springs, colorado.

  5. Marvina B on March 14, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    I did not start any spinach I spring. In Chicago direct sewing and starting spinach in September is proper or not?

  6. Beaguins on March 14, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Is cover just for winter, or would it feasible to use cover to grow hot-climate plants during a cool summer? It would be nice if I could grow sweet potatoes in zone 4.

  7. Regina Nichols on March 14, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    rareseeds.com doesn’t appear to have claytonia available for sale any longer. Are there any other sources for claytonia that you trust? I would love to try growing some, but my local seed sources don’t have it in stock.

  8. jewels454 on March 14, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I was very interested in the siber frill kale. All the pictures online looked different than your variety. Yours looks more like red russian and the others look more like curly leaf. I am looking for a sweeter and more tender leaf kale. I love them all but would love to encourage more people in my family to try kale.

  9. Rachel Tomlinson on March 14, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Now I know why my winter stuff is poor,I am not getting them to maturity before winter starts, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.certainly will try that next year.thank you for the subtitles, bless you.

  10. Mike Michaels on March 14, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I am in Zone 6, and it was 90 degrees this past week.

  11. Sandra xyz on March 14, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Patrick, thanks for the specific needs video. I was not experienced w growing lettuce in the cold winter, and didn’t plant to cover them, since they were in the front yard. being said, I didn’t cover all the time, and it had getting cold like 22F, and it does fine, low and full head, but not edible. anyway, I’m hoping to let it survive tru next year and gets seeds from them from all varieties from a package of mix lettuce seeds. My question is, will it able to winter, or will it make seed heads next year if it survives. it is away from the water source and on the North side next to a lilac bush. w a stone wind break above them. thanks.

  12. Denise K on March 14, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Serena McCoy on March 14, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Very informative! I’m finalizing our plans for a winter garden and this video is very helpful. This year, we are planning to build our first hunted double low tunnel. I had winter density survive just in a cold frame here in our zone 5, so I think adding macho, claytonia, and more spinach and kale is going to help us harvest all winter long! Btw…we planted spinach last fall, mulched it with straw, and then only had 1 layer of plastic over it. We left it along all winter and enjoyed fresh spinach from February through April!

  14. Lee tullberg on March 14, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Patrick, How did you like Giant Winter Spinach? Better or worse than Red Kitten?

  15. Alex Hutson on March 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Can a vermicompost bin survive winter in zone 5? I live about an hour north of Chicago so I think I’m in zone 5 and I’m not sure if my worms can handle the cold

  16. Inger Haugland on March 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Great tips! Trying claytonia for the first time this year, and I’m excited to see how it does through the winter. I am growing all the other plants you mentioned, but I really appreciate the tips on varieties to try. So far I have only been buying seeds from online stores in my closest neighboring scandinavian coutries, as that has been most convenient (and I guess there is the aspect of what they carry maybe being more adapted to the climate here, but idk), but over in the states you have such a crazy variety of seeds available! I wanna try them all, haha. Your kale looks great btw. And as always, lovely to see Oscar just being his own colorful self! 🙂 Take care Patrick. 🙂

  17. Marvina B on March 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Patrick thanks for great videos. Is there any google doc for fall and winter planting?

  18. It Me! on March 14, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Do u know HOW SATISFYING WATCHING GARDENING VIDEOS ARE????!!!!

  19. Mark Caselius on March 14, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I only wish. Living in central Minnesota, zone 4a, winter gardening is strictly an indoor sport.

  20. Glen Faught Jr on March 14, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Another great video as always! Regardless of season, have you grown escarole and if so, what is your advise? Thanks!

  21. Justin J. on March 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    How do you find any information about seeds that isn’t "this seed is the best thing ever"?I ask because catalogs don’t seen to talk about growing patterns or weaknesses of seed varieties.

  22. Gina T on March 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Ok, I now have all tall raised beds. I built a greenhouse and harvest all winter last year. I grow a wide diversity of greens and other plants. My back wall greenhouse beds are slanted to the sun. I get free wood chips and compost. I have even ordered wine cap mushrooms for the greenhouse and blueberry beds. But I was out in the garden this morning before work, and realized this has just gone too far. Last summer a stray moved in, and we have since tamed, neutered, fed, inoculated and taken the little guy in. Black cat named Charlie. Now he is my garden buddy and and naps in the greenhouse. I love your videos, but this might have gone too far. I even have a GARDEN CAT!

  23. Shades of Ricoeur on March 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I love the shirt: "Gardening: Dirt Cheap Therapy"

  24. Seamus Nalaoch on March 14, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Patrick, do you have a companion Google Doc for spring planting?

    Cheers!

  25. Richard Nunez on March 14, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    What kind of beans are those? (Red pods)

  26. Ramona Macabugao on March 14, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Great ideas. Thank you. Love to see Oscar in all your videos. Is Oscar also vegan?

  27. girl d boro on March 14, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Do you think you could grow in the winter under double cover in Vermont, Zone 3?

  28. Chad on March 14, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    How about arugula, i know its very cold hardy. Has it played a part in your winter garden before?

  29. IMP Seeder on March 14, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Well done.

  30. Jenynne DeNoble on March 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Do you plant carrots in February in the same bed as your fall and winter carrots. Love your videos!

  31. helle hansen on March 14, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Ah, I can see you have more manageable temperatures now with Oscar being so much out and about 🙂 -OYR videos just aren’t the same without him! Good info there, especially on when you started sowing the various crops, I’m always too late, hopefully I’ll do better next year.

  32. Mary Ellen C on March 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Patrick: Love your videos. I’m in California’s Central Valley (Zone 9b) which means I can grow just about anything anytime. I haven’t tried covered winter gardening. I’m a newby at this so that’s down the road a bit. I just add a few months to what you’re doing. (LOL)

    Question: You posted the layout for your Spring garden. Is there anywhere that shows your fall garden, or your perennials? I want to start diversifying my boxes to confuse the bugs, but I don’t know what can go together. I thought if I had a picture of yours it would help.

    Thanks for all the great info you post. It’s a massive part of my education.

    Mary Ellen

  33. marc sene on March 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I’ll be ready next year great info for growing and testing for best location.

  34. Diane Miles on March 14, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    I wonder what Claytonia tastes like? It would be fun to grow here because I live next to an area named Claytonia.
    Also, best Oscar moment this month! 😉

  35. 50 shades of green on March 14, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    awesome information and advice about winner growing !! thanks for sharing

  36. Southpaw Davey urban farm. on March 14, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Thumbs up. Nice to see Oscar chilling 😉

  37. surfdogdude on March 14, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Hi I need some help. Im in zone 7 at 6800ft. I need a few more weeks for my tomatoes. Last year I lost the bulk of my tomatoes to cold weather. How can I extend the growing season a few weeks? Another Questions: what is your layered covering made of? Enjoyed your video.

  38. IMP Seeder on March 14, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Well done.

  39. McDowall Manor on March 14, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Nice clip mate. This maybe a bit off topic, but I am starting to see a theme with a few of us Youtubers who let things go to seed – despite the inevitable comments of "but it will be bitter." They don’t seem to understand that we aren’t going to eat it.

  40. Tim Gallagher on March 14, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for the well done video!

  41. comptonranch on March 14, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Here in zone 4, we can grow lettuce and kale thru December, on raised beds.We have hoop tunnels on
    them and use cloth covers over the plants.Can’t grow a thing in Jan, Feb, March.Gives us time to go
    thru the seed catalogs and dream!Thanks for talking about carrots and claytonia.Never tried those
    before, so we will give them a try!God bless 🙂

  42. Carla Donaldson on March 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I’ve never had good luck with spinach or lettuces — always too bitter to eat! Maybe I’ll have better luck with fall plantings. Loved the cameo appearance at the end by the cat! 😀

  43. OYR Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening on March 14, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    My top 6 crops for the winter garden!

    0:21 Spinach
    1:45 Carrots
    2:44 Kale
    3:45 Lettuce
    5:01 Mache
    5:47 Claytonia

    Seeds:
    Red Kitten Spinach – https://www.ufseeds.com/product/red-kitten-spinach-seeds/
    Giant Winter Spinach – https://bountifulgardens.org/products/VSP-5300
    Danvers Half Long Carrot – http://www.rareseeds.com/danvers-126-half-long-carrot/
    Starbor Kale – http://amzn.to/2ybIORM
    Siber Frill Kale – https://bountifulgardens.org/products/VKA-3925
    Winter Density Lettuce- https://www.ufseeds.com/product/winter-density-lettuce-seeds/
    Arctic King Lettuce – https://bountifulgardens.org/products/VLE-4250
    Hungarian Pink Winter Lettuce – https://bountifulgardens.org/products/VLE-4272
    Mache – https://www.ufseeds.com/product/mache-corn-salad-seeds/
    Claytonia – http://www.rareseeds.com/miners-lettuce/

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  44. Hevo Foro on March 14, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Patrick, is there a way to see all your videos – some manner of an index? I’ve certainly watched most of them, but probably missed a few.
    Thank you.

  45. Richard Gregg on March 14, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks again for another great video Patrick. I am growing all 6 vegetables in my double hinged tunnel at present. I am wondering if you have any problems with the carrot rust fly by leaving the carrots in the ground through winter? Last year I had some damage when I harvested in January but in the past found that if I harvested before the end of September, I avoided the problem. This year I covered them with floating row cover to keep the flies off and so far haven’t had any damage. Time will tell. I’m in zone 5a in eastern Canada.

  46. Nendria nendria on March 14, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Time to come back to my favourite video and check the notes as well as get some inspiration 🙂 last year I was surprised that my watercress easily survived under 1layer of cover in zone 6, Toronto. You are right, Patrick, you can never have enough kale! Thanks again for making this video.

  47. lovers4healthylife on March 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Wonderful crops for the winter. This winter I’ll be planting a lot more spinach ~ thanks for the links… 🙂

  48. Allotmentals allotment on March 14, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Hey stop walking out from behind the bushes etc all the time!! Garlic, onions and broad beans here in the UK for me 🙂

  49. Neerja Pancholi on March 14, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Do you think you can make an update video about your blueberries?

  50. Urban Assault Vegan on March 14, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

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