This is an example of a veggie that does best in mild winters (but can’t withstand harsh, freezing temperatures). By using frost covers, you increase their chances of survival even if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Since winter weather can often be unpredictable, it’s important to err on the side of caution. Plant your peas relatively close together so that you can have more space to grow as much as possible. If some die off, this will help you recoup your losses.
Asparagus is one of those magical vegetables where you plant it once, and it keeps coming back year after year.
However, the downside is you won’t be able to eat it for the first few years. So if you plant it now, you’ll be able to reap the harvest in about three years.
Sure, this is kind of annoying. But if you plan ahead and sow the seeds now, you’ll be sitting pretty a few winters from now with bushels of mouthwatering asparagus.
Garlic is probably one of the most versatile ingredients in the world. Whether you’re tossing them in soups, over meat, on top of veggies, etc. it’s delicious in practically every recipe.
And this is a really awesome thing considering garlic is really easy to grow – especially in the winter months. Simply plant each individual clove relatively far apart, at about 2 inches deep.
Garlic is also super easy to maintain, and requires very little work. And considering how tasty it is, it’s a no-brainer for winter gardening.
Few people know that every single part of the turnip plant is edible – from the roots to the greens. And considering that they’re tasty and fairly versatile, these are great vegetables for harvesting in the cold winter months.
It’s important to remember that turnips do well in mild winters, but not in harsh temperatures. For instance, they withstand frost well, and you don’t need to harvest them until the ground freezes over.
Just make sure to plant them in a raised bed, and to use frost covers. Otherwise, they may not survive due to lack of heat retention.
If you’re about to experience a harsh winter, it’s a good idea to harvest early and store turnips through the winter months. They have a long shelf-life, so there’s not many downsides to digging them up early.
Carrots are arguably one of the easiest veggies to grow. All they need is some loose soil without any stones. The temperature should also stay over 45°F at all times. You can accomplish this last part by using raised beds and frost covers.
Good news! Carrots become sweeter in taste as the weather gets colder. In fact, some gardeners intentionally keep their carrots in the ground for longer periods of time, just to get that sweet flavor.
Keep in mind these are just a few of the many vegetables you can grow during the winter months. Do some research and learn all about the other varieties that can help you stay well-fed this winter!