Posted on Feb 04, 2011 | Comments 0
Recently the U.S. suffered from lots of snow, but this isn’t as bad as you think. Snow is a blessing, especially for the vegetable gardens.
Actually the old farmers prefer a snowy winter than a smooth winter season. According to the scientists, the connection between the cold and the earth is a natural one.
During the biggest snow storms, the vegetables in your garden will grow even healthier. Of course there are advantages and disadvantages, when it comes to cold winters and veggie gardens.
Here are the major advantages and disadvantages for your garden during a cold winter.
The biggest amounts of snow aren’t that dangerous. They actually protect the vegetables against frost and ice, so the snow is providing a cover for your garden.
For instance, snow is very useful for the flavor of many vegetables like Brussels sprouts and parsnips.
It improves their sweetness and makes them tastier. The snow has another major advantage, when it comes to healthy vegetables. If there is lot of snow, it kills the pest populations.
Pest communities such as aphids can’t survive in low temperatures, so they will not damage your plants during a cold winter.
It is a proven fact that the coldest winters are more useful for a veggie garden than a smooth winter. Of course the very cold winter can damage your vegetables in different ways, especially some sort of vegetables and those plants that have more delicate roots.
The frozen soil is extremely dangerous and moreover, it doesn’t help you in harvesting the leeks. The freezing water in the winter is damaging to the plant cells, especially if this is in the crevasses of the vegetables or on their leaves.
The thawing waters of the winter aren’t very good too. They can cause some serious diseases like rust; especially if the water is in a contact with the leaves for too long. The heavy weight of the snow has another disadvantage. If the snow is too heavy it can break the plants under the snow cover.
Some of the most delicate vegetables may not recover. Therefore, it is said to plant the delicate vegetables in a place that is somehow protected against heavy snowing. When there is too much snow, you can’t do harvesting. The snow doesn’t allow enough access to your plot, so you have to delay harvesting.
Posted in: VEGETABLE GARDEN