Cold hardy vegetables come a dime a dozen! Plant these cold hardy vegetables for a continuous harvest all winter long!
Broccoli can easily withstand a snow storm! However, it is important to remember that the Broccoli simply lays dormant when it’s cold, so it will need extra warmth and sunlight before it resumes growth. However, the cold weather will not kill the plant, making it a great winter vegetable.
Cabbage seeds can germinate in temperatures as low as 40 degrees farenheit, which is exactly why cabbage is the perfect vegetable for winter gardening. If you plan to include this vegetable in your winter gardening, be sure to sow the seeds in a well-prepared garden bed by mid summer. Check out this article for more information on growing winter cabbage! A snowstorm doesn’t stand a chance!
Mother Earth News has figured out the ins and outs of winter Carrots. Plant carrots in late summer for a lovely winter harvest. However, it is important to make sure that you are in a climate in which your ground rarely freezes for an extended period of time. Root vegetables have a hard time growing in soil that is frozen. However, a snow storm here and there shouldn’t affect the growth of your carrots at all!
Similar to Cabbage, Collard Greens (and really any other leafy green vegetable) are perfect for growing during cooler months. A snowstorm or two won’t hurt your vegetables, but it is important that they don’t fully freeze, or it will kill your plant. Check out this article for more collard green growing tips!
Kale leaves typically get tough and bitter when heat is extreme. Quality of Kale improves in cooler temperatures, and a light frost is even said to make the leaves taste sweeter! Kale is the ideal winter vegetable!
I wasn’t lying when I said that lettuces and leafy vegetables thrive in cooler temperatures! Check out this article from Gardeners.com that will show you how to grow lettuce all year long. Frost doesn’t stand a chance!
Pak Choi (also known as Chinese cabbage) loves full sun and cooler temperatures. Pak Choi grows best in temperatures from 45- 75 degrees farenheit. However, it is important to keep Pak Choi out of the full sun. If you are interested in growing winter Pak Choi, check out this article from Quick Crop.
Watermelon or Red Meat Radishes are almost as big as a baseball and they thrive in the late fall and winter months. Sew the seeds in late summer for maximum growth. Check out this article for more information!
Spinach is another leafy cold hardy vegetable that loves cooler temperatures. Snow and frost do not harm the plant (in fact, cooler temperatures can actually make them sweeter!). Be sure to plant the seeds in late summer so they are able to reach maturity prior to the first frost. Spinach is ready to harvest in only 8 weeks!
Start your brussel seeds indoors before transplanting them to your outside garden. The seeds should be started 16-20 weeks before the last frost (in Spring) and the seeds should be transplanted outdoors 14 weeks after the sow date.