An excerpt from Wildly Affordable Organic, a book written for people who want “to eat like it matters but felt [they] couldn’t afford it.”
Hey, we’re Canadian, right? We’re not afraid of a little cold weather, especially here in the winter sunshine capital of Canada. Sure, lows in the minus 30s and even 40s are common, but that shouldn’t stop a truly intrepid gardener.
“Can’t be done, huh?” That was Carol Ford and Chuck Waibel’s response when they were told they couldn’t grow vegetables in winter in windy, west central Minnesota without incurring prohibitive fuel costs.
The first time I saw it, I was amazed. It was not a pepper plant. It could only be described as a pepper bush. The plant was 3½-ft (1-m) wide with fat woody stems, abundant foliage, and a heavy crop of perfect orange habanero peppers. It was a two-year-old plant growing in a fifteen-gallon pot.
If you’re like me, you started your tomato seedlings too early and now they’re long, spindly vines falling over and getting tangled with one another. Last year, I started mine a few weeks earlier than I should have, and then our late spring kept them indoors for two weeks longer. I wish I had a greenhouse. Don’t we all wish that?