It is suddenly winter… months into our winter, and here as we head into St. Patrick’s Day, we are having our first full week of winter weather. Such a crazy place this Atlanta. One of the craziest things about our region, is how easy it is to grow a winter garden.
Diversification is not the key to my winter garden, yet it is definitely possible. One other thing about my garden that is a little unique, is that I don’t use any dirt. The garden is a garden of rock, and water, and fish waste. Yep, fish poop.
You may have heard me discuss Aquaponics before - http://www.healthsprout.com/?s=aquaponics
A fish pond, which dumps water into a rock garden, which pumps clean water into a fish pond. A relatively closed system that is reusing water, being replenished by rain as needed, and transporting waste into a bed, where it can be broken down into nutrient, to grow food. Pretty cool.
So this photo is my garden loaded with kale. One of the best winter garden foods you will find. Other hearty greens grow very well in the winter as well. The great thing about a winter garden, is that it gives you a good jump start on a spring garden. But if you really want to enjoy these most nutrient dense foods, the best thing you can do is plan early. Set a plan now to get them in the ground at the end of summer, and watch them explode for the first months of fall, but then you will really see them take root in the winter months.
I mention the nutrient dense value, because Kale and Collards are literally the most nutrient packed foods on the planet. Great value in eating kale. So with that… build a fish pond, build gardens (I can get you the pre-fab concrete for that), get the pumps set, and viola, you have food all year round!
Be well and Be blessed! – Dr. E