Planning a Winter Garden

October 1, 2009
Every year I grow a crop of lovely summer veggies: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and herbs. This will be my first year trying my hand at the cold season crops. After searching through my garden books, I decided to pop over to one of my very favorite garden websites, Renee’s Garden Seeds. This website has a handy kitchen garden planner that I used to pick out some winter crops that should do well in my area. I should mention that I live in temperate Northern California. It freezes occasionally, but we generally have some pretty mild winter weather. I’ve probably just jinxed myself with that statement….I hope we don’t get the coldest year on record this winter. I’m officially in USDA Zone 9/10, or if you happen to live in one of the Western states, Sunset Zone 14. Renee’s Garden has links to two Kitchen Garden Designs:

Short Summer, Long Winter Design: For USDA Zones 3-6, and colder parts of zone 7.
Long Summer, Mild Winter Design: For USDA Zones 8-10, and warmer parts of Zone 7.

I am SO looking forward to some new veggies this winter.

Did I mention that I LOVE the artwork on the seed packets???

Are you planting anything new this winter?


  1. lovely post! youe winter garden will be fantastic! me too i love the seed packets!
    have a great weekend!

  2. if your readers are looking for more information on USDA plant hardiness zones, there is a detailed, interactive USDA plant hardiness zone map at

  3. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Yes, I did take the picture myself. I didn't want her to run away if I called to her brother to take it, so I just grabbed the camera and snapped.

  4. Whoa, zone 9/10!!! I'm in zone 4/5. I can plant spinach in September, we get some berries in sept and some pumpkins/squash grow into early October, but that's it.

    Then it's lights out until May. :( I'm jealous of the whole idea of a winter garden. Enjoy it and post pics for us to ogle in the winter. lol

  5. I am so jealous! I am getting the hubs to fix the sprinklers so that I can make my drip line for my garden next year. This year....doing a CSA. Those veggies look yummy! Have fun and congrats!! Will be back on the 20th to tell you again. ;)


  6. OOO, I'm envious of your growing zone. :) I have been pulling all the pots into the greenhouse and buttoning down the hatches. Winter is on the way here in Idaho. As for the Newton running shoes, google it and watch the videos on the Newton site. They are really informative. I have been walking and running on them for about 9 days and I swear I will never wear another shoe. They are worth every penny!! They are designed for a pretty neutral "stance" runner.

  7. I have planted some of my winter stuff already like carrots and broccoli but need to get to the store for the other stuff too. I am craving fresh snap peas and they do good as well. This is my first year in a real effort to do a winter garden.

  8. I wish I could do a winter garden but Michigan weathers are freezing!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest

  9. The artwork on the seed packets is nice!

    They should blow some up into prints.

  10. Wow, I would have thought our zones were similar. I'm in MN, and I'm lucky to squeak out a zone 5, most of the state is 3 or 4. My spinach is still going strong (yay) but everything else has went to sleep.


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