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Planting for a 4-Season Harvest, Part 11 (The End)

Winter-Harvesting Crops

KaleSome few crops not only survive, but can be harvested all winter.  Parsnips taste sweeter after a frost, and I've dug up well-preserved carrots in March on the same day I was planting peas, using them before the weather warmed up.  Egyptian or other perennial bunching onions are the only year-round vegetable I know of in the North which can be used fresh almost every day.  In winter I use the lower white portions of the stalks --- there is not much green growth then --- chopping them into salads, or flavoring meat dishes and soups.  Leeks, so highly esteemed by gourmets for their delicate onion flavor, taste best when matured.  Frozen leeks thaw out perfectly, and a full-grown specimen makes two servings.  Read more....

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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