Winter gardening tips for high country residents

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Chard, a winter-hardy plant, is ready to harvest. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Winter chills and inclement weather need not spell the end of gardening endeavors in the high country. There are many vegetables that grow very well this time of year and provide fresh and nutritious food for the table with minimal effort. Whether using an established garden area, soft or hard pots, raised beds or straw bale structures, planting in the winter can be very rewarding. Many vegetable varieties need not be planted in a greenhouse to thrive. Grangetto’s Farm and Garden Supply suggests artichokes, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chives, cilantro, collards, dill, fava beans, garlic, kale, lettuce, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, radishes, spinach and Swiss chard for the cold planting season. First, determine the garden’s hardiness zo
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