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Winter Gardening at the Ranch

February 14th, 2012 by Pamela Murski

Murski Homestead hosts intimate weddings year round, even in the gardens, so keeping  them in shape is a priority.  Winter gardening is one of the pleasures here at the ranch as the season is cooler, the colors last longer and it tends to be more rain and less watering, so that we can really enjoy the outdoors for longer periods.

Some of the things we recommend for winter gardens in the South are:

Annual Herbs:  dill, fennel, parsley, cilantro, chervil, lovage, anise, and caraway (the last two being more difficult but worth the try).

Vegetables:  lettuce, kale, chard, turnips, beets, spinach, radicchio, chicory, arugula, dandelions (yes, they are edible), mustard, bulbing fennel, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi.

Flowers:  borage, calendula, dianthus, voilas and pansies, voilets, alyssum, snapdragons, chamomile, feverfew and nasturtiums (it is important to note that you NEVER eat flowers that come from a florist!)…only ones you know are organic and/or you grow yourself.

Other Plants:   now is a good time to plant perennial herbs such as rosemary, sage, sorrel, savory, thyme, catnip and catmint, salad burnet and oregano.  Fall into winter is also a good time to plant hardy trees, shrubs and roses!

Happy Gardening from the ranch!

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