This is new concept for me: winter vegetables. Our
winters (Northern Nevada) gets down to at 25F at night
with a handful 0F. Daytimes in the 50's. Snow fall
is about 6" at its worst and usually melts that day.
As far as I can tell, that means cabbage, carrots,
spinach. Bearing in mind I have an anti-green thumb,
so it has to be easy, what do you guys think I
could/should grow in the winter?
What variety of potato? Have you actually grown them in temperatures below
freezing? All the potatoes I have grown are frost tender and would have no
chance of growing in such conditions. I think you are in error here.
Got an old book for you to ask the library for: Winter Flowers in Greenhouse
and Sun Heated Pit:
or the original Winter flowersin the sun-heated pit, including the lean-to
greenhouse as a complement to the pit:
Exact same principles hold for cold climate winter veggies -- and in high wind
areas, the pit makes a lot of sense.
I know someone who grew grapes in a very cold climate in a pit - it worked
brilliantly. The only problem was that he covered the top of the pit with
Laserlite or Polycarbonate or somesuch and as it aged kangaroos often ended
up in the pit after trying to cross the ageing ang weakened pit topping.
How would one prevent it from filling with water?
The chap who I knew and who had the occasional roo problems, had 2 sun pits.
IIRC, one was in flattish ground (although I cna't now truly remember this
one) and the other was most definitely on the side of a slope. I remember
the slope one best because I recall walking into it from the eastern side -
I can't recall though if he had some sort of door arrangement on it - I
dont' think so. i might even try to call him and ask him aobut them and/or
see if he'd be amenable to having me come and photgraph them. Mind you, if
I do do this, I'll bet I find that my memory is highly faulty.
This chap lives in a very moist place - he's had to plant his trees up on
mounds so waterlogging would be a potential problem for sunpits so he would
be interested in avoiding that. He also has a genuine Chinese walking
tractor which really impressed me.
***Could he have drained the area? Considering that the early Israeli
pioneers drained the malarial swamps along the ocean,
it doesn't seem like an insuperable task. Or was the area just too
***Could he have drained the area?
No. I know that is one thing he hasn't done in terms of where his sun pits
are. These things aren't he least bit posh - effectively they are just deep
slit trenches cut into the ground - think of WWI warfare trenches and you
get the idea - on top of that he's put the clear polycarbonate equivalent of
what I think USians call ripple iron????
HB: Considering that the early Israeli
He's one retired man on a moderate pension living alone on about 200 acres.
He's had some ponds dug, but around those ponds he's still had to plant his
trees up on mounds - as I said earlier, it's a very wet area (in terms of
rainfall). His pits werent' close to these ponds but I cna't now recall
qyuite how far awya they would have been - it'd be about 20 years since I've
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