Top 10 List of Winter Vegetables for Your Garden

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Top 10 List of Winter Vegetables for Your Garden

Winter Gardening with Cold-Hardy Vegetables

Before you close up your garden for the cold months, you’ll want to read this. Most gardeners work in their gardens in the spring, summer and fall. This is especially true if you live in the North where the ground is literally frozen for several months in winter. But with planning, most of us can grow vegetables all year, even in winter. At the very least, you can easily extend the growing season in fall and have the earliest harvest in the spring.

There are a couple of things you’ll need–most importantly protection from the cold–to be successful. This can range from insulating row covers and additional mulch to cold frames or adding an actual greenhouse. Each gives additional protection to your plants and will allow you to garden in the winter. Don’t worry, you don’t have to start building a new structure to make this work.

First, start by knowing what your grow zone is. Then, do a little garden networking. This means simply having a chat with your gardening neighbors to see what they have successfully grown in the winter and what they’ve tried that didn’t work so well. If you don’t have neighbors, the local colleges usually have a horticulture department you can ask.

The next step is choosing seed. Seed catalogs are a great resource. Look for varieties that have cold hardiness. You have a much higher chance of success if you plant the varieties that are known to be more cold tolerant.

Once you’ve got those steps checked off the list, it’s time to garden. Here are 10 of our favorite winter vegetables:

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This vegetable, once planted, will come up every year and provide you with an ongoing harvest of asparagus spears—with just minimal care. Be aware though that planting asparagus is a lesson in patience. You will not be able to harvest until the third season, but it is worth the wait! This plant is like the tulips in your flower bed. The spears start to peep through the soil in the earliest part of spring.


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Plant your garlic in the late fall. It will grow as soon as it starts to warm in the spring and is one of the first plants you will see. After growing a short while, the garlic will send up a flower shoot called a scape. As it grows, the scape will curl and, if allowed to remain, it will produce a flower head and seed. You should cut these scapes off so that the energy of the plant goes into making larger bulbs of garlic. Scapes are also delicious, tender and have a mild garlic flavor. They taste great just cooked in a pan with a little butter.


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Leeks

Hydrangeas, through hybridizing, thrive in USDA Growing Zones as for north as Zone 4. Wayside Gardens customers rely on our expansive variety of hydrangeas with a variety of growing characteristics. From landscape bushes to patio containers, if you haven’t considered hydrangeas for your garden, look again. They are garden superstars, long lasting in the vase, and can create a captivating natural hedge with their large, long lived, rounded blossoms.


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Hydrangeas, through hybridizing, thrive in USDA Growing Zones as for north as Zone 4. Wayside Gardens customers rely on our expansive variety of hydrangeas with a variety of growing characteristics. From landscape bushes to patio containers, if you haven’t considered hydrangeas for your garden, look again. They are garden superstars, long lasting in the vase, and can create a captivating natural hedge with their large, long lived, rounded blossoms.


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Parsnips

Parsnips are a forgotten vegetable, but they are a great ingredient in soups and roasts. Grow them just like carrots and leave them in the ground with heavy mulch. If you don’t dig them before the ground freezes, they will be fine and can be dug in the spring.


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Hydrangeas, through hybridizing, thrive in USDA Growing Zones as for north as Zone 4. Wayside Gardens customers rely on our expansive variety of hydrangeas with a variety of growing characteristics. From landscape bushes to patio containers, if you haven’t considered hydrangeas for your garden, look again. They are garden superstars, long lasting in the vase, and can create a captivating natural hedge with their large, long lived, rounded blossoms.


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Hydrangeas, through hybridizing, thrive in USDA Growing Zones as for north as Zone 4. Wayside Gardens customers rely on our expansive variety of hydrangeas with a variety of growing characteristics. From landscape bushes to patio containers, if you haven’t considered hydrangeas for your garden, look again. They are garden superstars, long lasting in the vase, and can create a captivating natural hedge with their large, long lived, rounded blossoms.


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Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Hydrangeas, through hybridizing, thrive in USDA Growing Zones as for north as Zone 4. Wayside Gardens customers rely on our expansive variety of hydrangeas with a variety of growing characteristics. From landscape bushes to patio containers, if you haven’t considered hydrangeas for your garden, look again. They are garden superstars, long lasting in the vase, and can create a captivating natural hedge with their large, long lived, rounded blossoms.


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Kale, like many on our list, is also happiest in cool weather. Whether you use this vegetable in soups or like to eat it fresh, being able to extend the season is important. Try the dinosaur variety as it is more cold tolerant.


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Hydrangeas, through hybridizing, thrive in USDA Growing Zones as for north as Zone 4. Wayside Gardens customers rely on our expansive variety of hydrangeas with a variety of growing characteristics. From landscape bushes to patio containers, if you haven’t considered hydrangeas for your garden, look again. They are garden superstars, long lasting in the vase, and can create a captivating natural hedge with their large, long lived, rounded blossoms.


Readying crops for winter can be a great way to keep yourself busy and healthy during the winter months. Don’t forget: You can also use your indoor seed starting kit to start seeds in the winter for spring planting and to keep your thumb green no matter how cold it is outside.

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