When temperatures and day length drop, your harvest season need not come to a full stop. As more growers construct high tunnels on their farms and participate in winter markets, we are frequently asked,
"What can I plant to harvest in winter, and when should I plant it?"
To begin, it is helpful to distinguish between the two main winter growing strategies. The first group you harvest in winter, the second group you leave in place over the winter to produce an early spring crop.
Winter Harvest Crops are planted in late summer or early fall, primarily in high tunnels, for harvest throughout the winter.
Overwintered Crops are planted in the fall or winter, often outside in the field or under low tunnels, and left in place for the earliest possible spring harvest.
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