“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The summer food garden is a pleasurable pursuit for folks like me—but usually only in retrospect.
For food gardening you (hot climate residents) can enjoy in the moment, fall is good, but winter is best.
Sure, the crops aren’t as sexy as the tomatoes or melons or cucumbers that you seed in spring and harvest in summer (while you can), but they are reliable and easy to grow. In winter, you won’t pass out from heat exhaustion or dehydration; there are fewer pest and disease issues to deal with, and winter crops are nutritionally dense foods that when eaten stay with you.
So give winter food gardening a try–it’s an activity that won’t leave you cold.