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Jan 26

Sustainability Blog Post - Winter Gardening

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 7:47 PM by Micah Grau

By Sustainability Commissioner Blake Farrar

Cool weather months provide great opportunity to get outdoors and improve your part of the world. Planting trees, shrubs, roses and ground cover now will ensure they have time to establish themselves in the spring before summer heat pours down. Pecan, fig, grapes, persimmons, and berries are all perfect options to plant in January. Pruning of established trees and shrubs can be done during the cold as well, but you may want to consider maintaining some habitat and sustenance to wildlife for as long as possible. Please remember green waste pick up is available but limited to 10 bags and all lawn material must be placed in paper lawn bags. For more information on waste and recycle information please visit the City’s Website.

Winter Garden - Frozen

For ground or raised gardens, now is the time to put in the work to ensure a spring crop. Roots vegetables such as carrots, onions and radishes are some of the easiest and cheapest ways for gardeners new and old to grow fresh produce at home. These vegetables are great because you can leave them in the ground for a good window after they are ready and only pull the ones you are ready to use. Or you can stagger planting by a couple weeks and then have a couple different harvests at different times. You may also consider planting two or three varieties of the same crop as well. Then you can see which grows better or which you type prefer. Just be sure to take pics and or notes so you will know for next year. 

Carrots, onions and root veggies are fun for kids because they are easy to pull and you never know what they are going to look like! If your kids like carrots, then that’s bonus because fresh carrots are the best. 

Lettuce, spinach and other greens can be planted now along with peas. However, many of these above ground vegetables will need to be watched a little more closely and covered during potential cold weather up until the last freeze. Similarly, some herb may need protection from the cold, but chives, oregano, dill and cilantro can be planted during January and into February. Although they take a few years to establish, asparagus are a fabulous addition to home garden, but a dedicated space must be picked our carefully as they do take time and some dedication. Cutting and drying of potatoes can begin now as you do not want to plant a freshly cut potato which may lead to rotting. Any extra potatoes leftover now may be cut, placed in a cool, dry place and then planted in late January or early February. 

So, don’t hesitate any longer. Now is the time to plant, seed, transplant, prune, compost and dig so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor in warmer months. If you need help, Hays County Master Gardeners, Central Texas Gardener, and Hays County AgriLife Extension all provide invaluable information and support. As always, it is best to buy local and seek consultation on what works best for our area. Whatever you do, and however you do it, the important thing is to get outside, have a little fun, and share your efforts. 

Carrots

Carrots typically take around 70-80 days to grow. These were harvested in late March but it will depend on when the seeds are sowed.