What is "overwintering" and why is it important?

Overwintering involves adding a cover crop like certain kinds of clover varieties or crops from the legume family (beans, peas, etc.) to your garden beds during the non-growing season. Doing so helps provide nitrogen to the soil to keep it healthy for the upcoming growing season.

Adding compost or mulch to the soil surface during winter can also help improve soil health because it makes it harder for nutrients to leach out of the soil during extreme weather conditions.

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1. Who will benefit from the food grown in the garden?
2. Who will care for the garden?
3. What components are necessary for a healthy garden?
4. Where did the garden's raised beds come from?
5. How do the garden's rain barrels work?
6. How does the garden's irrigation system work?
7. What can be grown in the garden?
8. How long do certain crops take to grow?
9. What is "overwintering" and why is it important?
10. Where can I learn more about the YMCA Community Food Garden?
11. What is the Lawns to Lettuce Program?
12. How can I learn more about the Lawns to Lettuce Program?
13. What do I need to consider if I want to start a community food garden?