Secrets of Success: Winter Gardening from Seattle Urban Farm by

Issue 2 · Edible Winter Garden · January 18, 2014

Secrets of Success: Winter Gardening from Seattle Urban Farm

Issue 2 · Edible Winter Garden · January 18, 2014

Today we're visiting a few edible gardens designed by Seattle Urban Farm Company, a member of the Remodelista + Gardenista Architect/Designer Directory, who also have some winter gardening secrets to share (to ensure success come spring): 

Photography by Hilary Dahl

Mizuna Starts and Spinach in Snow, Seattle Urban Farm Co, Gardenista

Above L: Mizuna growing in a cold frame in December. R: Cold-hardy spinach in Seattle snow.

In addition to private clients, Seattle Urban Farm Company helps schools and nonprofits establish edible gardens; the firm's founders teach community garden workshops. 

Rhazes Lettuce Covered in Frost, Seattle Urban Farm Co, Gardenista

Above: Rhazes lettuce transplants covered in frost on a chilly November morning.

Seattle Urban Farm Company's blog has tips for Easy Seed Sprouting and Winter Gardening: Spring Planning and Soil Care

Strawberry Plant in Winter, Seattle Urban Farm Co, Gardenista

Above: Clean out strawberry beds in winter. "If you do not renovate the bed, the plants will form a thick mass, choking themselves out and eventually they will stop producing." See the firm's Spring Strawberry Care for instructions.

Red and Purple Potatoes, Seattle Urban Farm Co, Gardenista

Above: And if you fail to thoroughly dig through your potato patch in fall to pull up any tubers you missed during harvest, "there WILL be at least one forgotten potato sprouting in your garden this spring."

Claytonia Winter Greens and Kale, Seattle Urban Farm Co, Gardenista

Above L: The Farm Co. calls claytonia "one of the hardiest winter greens." R: A huge kale plant that overwintered in a client's garden.

Sowing Seeds in Winter, Seattle Urban Farm Co, Gardenista

Above: Seeding onions, chives, and leeks on a sunny day in late January.

Planting Sugar Snap Peas, Seattle Urban Farm Co, Gardenista

Above: In February, the Farm Co. reminds gardeners to to start seeding sugar snap pea transplants.

For more edible gardens, see Ask the Expert: How to Create a Beautiful Edible Garden, Gone Wild: How to Grow Vegetables in the Middle of Nowhere, and Moveable Feast: A Pop-Up Farm in Brooklyn.  



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