You guys all know me; I love planning ahead! It’s only October but I’ve already started planning (and planting!) my winter vegetable garden. I live in Utah, and we are known for our cold,crazy, snowy winters. If you are interested in getting your winter grow on, here are a few cold hardy crops, based on grow zone.
#1 Carrots: Carrots actually do well throughout the winter in almost ANY grow zone. Green carrot tops can withstand temperatures up to 18 degrees farenheit, and the actual root of the carrot can withstand temps much colder than that. However, if you live in grow zones 5 and up, make sure you mulch your carrots before the first frost. The mulch acts like an insulation!
#2 Leeks: If you reside in grow zones 7 and above, you can harvest leeks all winter long! But really, you could harvest them almost anywhere. Leeks can tolerate temps of 0 degrees. It is important that you choose the dark, green leafy varieties (such as Bandit and Bleu de Solaise) because they are known to tolerate the frigid temperatures even better.