If you thought your garden is doomed every time Winter comes around, think again. There are a variety of vegetables you can grow in the Winter.
These plants need to be sowed in the Fall, but with proper planning and maintenance you’ll be able to eat fresh, healthy food straight from your garden all Winter long.
Before I reveal which plants can grow during Winter, let’s go over a few basic things you need to know about cold weather gardening.
The location of your plants is more important during Winter than during other seasons. You’ll want your plants to get as much sun as possible, and also shield them from the wind.
The best location to keep your plants safe during Winter is usually on the South side of your house, as the South side gets maximum sunlight and keeps your plants safe from the wind.
You may also want to plant your vegetables in a raised bed. The soil in raised beds stays warmer than ground soil, and will give your plants the best chances of survival.
Don’t want to build a raised bed yourself? An easy way to get an instant raised bed garden is to roll out some old tires and fill them with soil. Plus, the black rubber absorbs heat from the sun and keeps your plants nice and warm.
The final thing you can do to give your plants the best odds of survival is to cover them with fleece frost covers. Frost covers go over the plant and retain heat. This protects them from frost on particularly cold nights.
Now that you know the basics of Winter gardening, you’re ready to choose some Winter-friendly plants you like. Here are 9 foods you can grow in the winter.
Winter lettuce is a great source of continuous food through the Winter. With proper care, your winter lettuce will continue growing for the whole duration of Winter.
It needs to be covered by frost covers in order to survive harsher Winters, but those in regions with milder Winters might be able to grow them without covers.
Many types of onions can grow during Winter, so you can have your pick of red, white, and yellow onions. Plus, onions have a long shelf life so you can still eat them long after they’re harvested.
You could also plant shallots and leeks instead of onions to fulfill the same nutritional purpose. Shallots and leeks require the same care as onions so you can plant whichever you prefer.
Peas aren’t the best vegetable for Winter as they tend to struggle in extreme cold, though they can be an excellent addition to your garden in regions with mild Winters.
Even if you live in a region with harsh Winters, it’s still worth trying to grow them anyway. They’ll definitely need frost covers to stand any chance of surviving.
Many of your peas won’t survive, so plant them relatively close to each other so you can plant more to make up for your losses.
Asparagus is a perennial vegetable, so you only have to plant them once and they’ll keep producing year after year.
The drawback is that asparagus takes two years before they can be harvested, so you won’t be able to eat them this year or even the next year.
Take the time to plant them now and in a couple years you’ll have a reliable source of food through every Winter.
Adding garlic to your garden will give your meals extra flavor that you won’t want to miss out on.
Garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow, even during Winter. Plant individual cloves fairly far apart from each other, and at a depth of between 1-2.5 inches.
Garlic requires very little work on your part, and you’ll be glad you planted it when you taste its fresh taste in your next meal.
There are several advantages to growing broad beans during Winter instead of Spring.
First, sowing during Fall stops nutrients from leaching through the soil, which means more nutrition for you.
Second, they won’t be taken out by blackfly infestations, which could ruin your whole harvest.
Watch out if they grow too tall. If they grow over one foot tall the wind could blow them over and snap them. Fix that problem by tying them to sticks or canes for support.
Turnips withstand frost well, and don’t need to be harvested unless the ground freezes. Frost will kill them, but this shouldn’t happen if you’re using a raised bed with frost covers.
However, to mitigate risk you can harvest some early and store them over Winter. Turnips store well, so there’s no downside to digging them up early.
Spinach won’t last all the way through Winter like some other vegetables, but they still earn their place on this list.
Use raised beds and frost covers to extend their growth stage as far as you can, and harvest them when they’re at their limit.
Spinach can be picked early and still be very tasty. Instead of eating early leaves normally, try wilting them instead.
Spinach is one of the most nutrient rich vegetables, so they’re a must-have in any survivalist’s garden.
Carrots are an easy vegetable to grow. All they need is loose soil without any stones, and a soil temperature over 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
This can be accomplished even during Winter with the use of raised beds and frost covers.
As a bonus, carrots get sweeter if they grow during cold weather. Some people routinely leave their carrots in the ground over Winter just to get that extra flavor.
Now that you know how to grow an amazing vegetable garden during Winter, it’s time to get planting.
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