Vegetables to Grow in Winter
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
- Leafy greens - lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, kale
- Parsnips, Peas and Beans
- Radishes, Rutabaga
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.