How To Get Garden-Fresh Vegetables All Winter Long

Posted on: 21 November 2014

If you think that the advent of fall means you have to say goodbye to your garden-fresh vegetables, think again! Many winter vegetables thrive in cold weather and will help you create delicious homemade soups, stews, and other hearty meals all winter long.

Read on to learn about five types of vegetables that should grow quite well in your winter garden:

1. Garlic and onions

Many bulb-based plants, including garlic and onions, are impervious to wild swings in temperature, making them great year-round additions to any garden. 

Although like all plants, onions originate from seeds, they are difficult to sprout -- you're much better off planting bulbs after the first frost. Larger onions, like sweet or Vidalia onions, will take a few months to fully mature, while small green onions or scallions can be harvested after only a few weeks.

2. Kale, cabbage, and Swiss chard

You may have noticed that the brightly colored flowers in your city's public flower boxes and planting areas have been replaced by purple blooms that look suspiciously similar to cabbages. This is because kale and winter cabbage thrive in cold weather. Plant seedlings during the fall and you can enjoy cabbage soup all winter!

Swiss chard, a type of lettuce with brightly colored stems (ranging from hot pink to purple) is also a great cold-weather salad enhancer.

3. Peas

Some varieties are called "snow peas" for a reason -- certain types of peas are well-suited to winter weather, and because they love water, can thrive when covered with snow. Be sure to plant your peas near a trellis, fence, or other type of latticed structure so that the vines can climb -- peas whose vines lie on the ground rarely do as well as climbing peas.

4. Radishes

A spicy addition to any salad or soup, radishes come in a variety of sizes and colors. As another root vegetable like onions, garlic, and potatoes, they do equally well in winter and summer (as long as they have enough water), and are extremely quick to mature.

5. Squash

There's a reason so many fall and winter recipes feature zucchini, acorn, spaghetti, and butternut squashes -- fall is the peak season for these hearty vegetables. If you plant vines in mid-summer, you can expect to harvest your squash in late fall or mid-winter. By keeping your vines relatively clean and dry (as too much moisture has a tendency to cause these veggies to rot) you may be able to extend your harvest into late winter.

To learn more, contact a company like Bob Williams Nursery learn more.