Growing Food Year-Round


By Nancy Smorch

Yesterday we had our first snowfall of the season here in West Michigan!  It seemed a little early, but we’re getting to that “iffy” part of the fall where anything could happen - from a blizzard, to sunny skies and 70 degrees.

When I walked outside yesterday morning to feed the horses, I walked past my garden and saw that everything was covered in a thin blanket of snow. Although I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the tastes of fall - squash, apples, potatoes - this sight reminded me that it will be a while before I have any fresh produce from my garden again.

In the back of my mind, for quite some time now, I’ve been wanting to develop some sort of a system or structure where I could either extend the growing season, or better yet, grow year-round.

Well, I just came across the book "The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener," by Niki Jabbour, so I bought it and am just starting to dive into it.

She gives ideas on extending the growing season, growing into the winter, designing gardens, and what vegetables and herbs can be grown year-round.  It’s full of great pictures and diagrams, and I’m confident this is going to be a well-worn book in no time.

Although it may be too late this year to start - or not - I will definitely be prepared for next year! Check it out if you’re interested in having fresh food year round as well!