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Vegetables to Grow in Winter

Updated on March 5, 2017

Cold Hardy Vegetables

Fall and winter is not necessarily the end to gardening even if you live in a cold climate such as Canada. Certain vegetables actually taste sweeter when grown in colder climates, especially leafy vegetables. I will list some examples of cold tolerant vegetables below.

Container gardening in the winter

Even if you live in an apartment you can try extending the gardening season into winter. If you have a balcony you can use a large container that is made of thick material. It needs to be wide and deep enough to fill with plenty of soil. Anything like wood or insulation material that you can keep around the container will help keep the soil from freezing. All you need next is some clear, thick plastic to cover the container. Make sure you give enough height for the plants to grow. All this insulation will create a moist and warmer climate for your vegetables to thrive. And Because it will still be on the cool side you will get the great sweet taste out of your cold tolerant vegetables.

Even products such as those cheap, plastic greenhouses that are sold at home improvement stores, are enough to let you start very early in spring and go on into late fall. Here are some cold tolerant vegetables:

  • Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Bunching onions
  • Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chives, Collards
  • Herbs
  • Leafy greens - lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, kale
  • Leeks
  • Parsnips, Peas and Beans
  • Radishes, Rutabaga
  • Sprouts
  • Turnips

Where to buy seeds

You can purchase my garden seeds at Seed Bank. I ship seeds worldwide.

There are many more cold hardy vegetables to research. One of the easiest ones to grow, and most popular, is lettuce. Lettuce grown in a colder climate taste better and it's a vegetable that people eat regularly. It used to be said that lettuce is mostly water and not very nutritious, but the fact is that all lettuce is very healthy, and is an important part of our diet. By gardening at home it's easier to try out heirloom varieties with richer and varied colours, such as: Green leaf, and red salad bowl lettuce. Buttercrunch lettuce is one of my favourites.


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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Durant, it's surprising how much you can grow in a container and it's great to have lettuce to pick all year round, I will check out your store, thanks for sharing, best wishes MM

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Wonderful reminder that gardening doesn't stop in the winter. Lettuce in my area only grows in winter and spring. Summers are just too hot. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Lee Raynor 5 years ago from Citra Florida

      Hey Durant

      Good reminders here. I have my winter veggie garden growing well now but here in Florida the issue is often too much heat. I planted spinach 3 times before a batch planted in November finally germinated.

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      Brian 5 years ago from Utah

      I'm currently growing broccoli. I started them during the summer and they are still going. Most people said not to grow the broccoli during the summer, but if you keep tabs on the plants and harvest often you don't have to worry. Awesome hub! Up and awesome, interesting & useful!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I am glad to know that I can still grow certain vegetables in the winter. It snows here in Nashville. Can I still plant seeds that will grow?



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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Your winter gardening tip about plants and the garden box are great. I need to save this for ....maybe this year? It is an excellent idea!

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      GD Nunes 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I live in New England, so this is some great info for me. Nice hub.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thank you for sharing.

      I now look forward to reading many more.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Good encouragement to continue gardening through the cold season!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

      I like that container gardening idea! It maximizes space especially if you have a small garden. I live in this Far East country with temperate climate and I regret that I couldn't plant these cold hardy vegetables, my favorites. But of course I can still adapt to your gardening tips. Thank you.

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      Joel Durant 5 years ago from Canada

      Container gardening really does maximize space and it's also very efficient for the amount of fertilizer needed.

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