Sounds like a good time to think about what you will grow for your up coming summer. Then late in the summer, you can start a fall garden. The cabbage family seems to love those frosts. I plant things like snow peas, kale, collards, turnips, lettuce, mesculin mixes, carrots, and leeks. I'm not sure how much you can grow with the amount of cold you get; but have fun planning ahead and experimenting. With time and experimentation, you'll find out what you can grow.
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Hey thanks Jane, I might give it a go. I'll let you know when I do it. So far I have baby cabbages plant on the ground but they don't grow any bigger (I assuming because they sit in frosty/icy soil lol) but amazingly they survived so far.
Sounds like you might need to build a coldframe, which can be done cheaply if you DIY. A couple of years ago, I googled for styles, then built a simple one using discarded decking (plastic, not toxic treated wood) and a spare windowpane on top for colder days. I live in a metro area, so neighbors do change windows, and we do have a couple of stores for recycled building materials.
Or I extend the season in the fall and spring by putting up a plastic "greenhouse" (actually a clothes rack type arrangement with zippered clear plasic cover--bought for $10 from a hardware store after the first frost; similar clothes rack types are available at big-box stores and even goodwill places for under $20 or $30 most times of year).
Both types will work for frosty nights, which I gather you have, but not real cold weather. If night temps get below 25 degrees farenheit and daytime temps barely reach freezing, that's time for the real greenhouse, or maybe a coldframe self-heated with manure underneath.
that's a good idea xana & happymom, thanks for that. i did search on google and found some varieties on winter vegetable and i've tried to plant them but i think our winter (where i live in south island of nz) is way too harsh for the veges. cause i thought maybe it's me who doesn't know how to plant them properly (reading articles etc that said you can have vegetable on winter from your garden, sort of thing). maybe i just have to wait for spring. whilst with green house i guess i've to do long time saving before i can purchase one, they're quite dare.
Great idea Gail. I'm also planting many many tropical fruit trees and having a blast with that. I have three 20' X 4' vegetable plots and plan on developing three more. So I definitely have the space. Right now I'm doing sweet potatoes which I love. These and black eyed peas can be grown in summer and the back eyed peas, being legumes, add nitrogen to the soil. Both the peas and sweet potatoes provide ample material to dig in which quickly decompose and add to the soil. Now then, I'll look into the south eastern Asia vegetables and see what I can google. Tom
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Well, it depends on how WINTER is your winter. If it's freezes out, it depends on how cold for how long. In any case winter gardens are usually started in the fall or late summer and depending on the climate may need a cold frame.
I've heard that New Zealand is gorgeous.
Yep, I just googled your climate ... it's temperate. So how high up a mountain do you live is a question and how far north on the Island are you?
You will be able to set up for having winter produce next year but this year... "it's too late baby now it's too late".
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