I live in XXtreme SW Utah at about 3700' elevation. I'm right in those
tight bands of zone numbers. The temperatures vary from year to year.
Tomorrow, I'm going out to till up the mess that is currently the garden,
and make ready for winter. I'm going to put about 20 bags of "stuff" into
the garden. I do have a 4' tall north wall to break the wind. I am going
to run a shunt off my house water so I can water in the winter, as the ag
water is turned off when it freezes. What can be grown in the winter?
Our weather varies here. Mid September is first frost. Snow varies from
none to last winter when we had 14". Usually, just a couple of dustings.
Gets down to the high teens or low twenties. Not bad winters.
Extreme SW Utah would be the St. George area. Hotter then blazes in summer,
two hours from Vegas and similar climate. Head NE a bit and you are going
uphill and quickly get into cooler weather.
I would say that if the first frost is only a few weeks away, it is too late
for most winter crops. At least when I plant them that late they start to
grow, it gets cold, and they go dormant. They rot, the frost/ice kills them,
but what does survive will give me nice greens and onions in the spring.
YMMV - where I live that is what happens when I plant at the end of August
or September, and we don't get a good frost until early to mid October.
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