You can grow a winter food garden--outdoors if you live in a mild climate like Coastal California or Florida--indoors if it gets too cold where you live--or, if you live where it's in between, plant in containers outside that you can bring indoors or under a porch roof if the weather report says it may freeze.
Unless you live in the tropics, it's best to start your winter garden in September or October so the plants can get a start while the soil is still warm. Green leafy vegetables like chives, lettuce, spinach and chard take the least sunlight, root vegetables like carrots, radishes and turnips take more. Plant what you like to eat (remember, food from your garden tastes better than food from the store) and what you have enough sunlight for.
What you can grow outdoors in winter depends on your local climate. The best information on winter gardening in your area will come from your neighbors or from plant nurseries in your town.
Make plastic hats to protect your plants from light frost and hard rains
If everything you eat is from the supermarket
It doesn't take a farm or even half an acre
A restaurant will give away a food grade bucket
Prop the bucket up, put gravel in the bottom
Tomatos need the summer sun and so does zucchini
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What else you need to know about container gardening is:
Either gravel or pieces of broken pottery will work for drainage, and if you are gardening indoors put something under the container to catch the extra water that drains out.
Plants in containers need to be watered more often than plants in the
ground, but let the soil dry out a little between waterings so it won't
get moldy and the plant's roots will get some air.