Cool weather can be a productive and beautiful time for our gardens– it just requires a bit of careful planning and creativity! However, we are often bogged down by a tricky scenario: “What vegetables grow in Fall and Winter?”
What are vegetables grow in fall and winter?
Cool season vegetables are cold-hardy crops that actually thrive in colder temperatures (yes, even frosty cold temperatures). However, for these plants to be strong enough to last until a mid-winter or early spring harvest, they usually should be started in late summer or early fall.
Without further ado, here’s a list of 9 vegetables that grow in fall and winter that we think every home gardener should have on their radar.
What and when you should plant, in any season, is dependent on where you live. While we hope the following information is relevant and inspiring, always research your geographic area before you plant. Hope this helps you find what vegetables would grow in Fall and Winter where you are!
Ok let’s get to it:
#1 – Snow Peas:
These easy-to-grow peas are incredibly frost hardy. For mature, frost-hardy plants, start seeds a few weeks before your last frost, when temperatures are still above 40℉
#2 – Greens:
Leafy greens may not be our favorite to eat, but their nutrition is well worth growing them. Plus, these plants are typically very frost hardy (check variety) and are a great nutritional ally to have during the shorter, colder days of winter
Always a fan favorite, broccoli should be started from seed in midsummer. Make sure the seedlings get enough sunshine, and plenty of elbow room so they can grow bigger crowns!
#4 – Cabbage:
This fun brassica lives for the cooler weather. Seeds take a while to establish, so start them in mid to late summer, then transplant in early fall.
#5 – Beets:
A fantastic winter root crop! Beets do not care for warm weather (at all!), but they do like sunshine! Make sure these plants receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day.
#6 – Carrots:
Carrot roots can be left in the ground throughout the winter! Just be sure to harvest before they begin flowering in early spring.
#7 – Radishes:
Start radish seeds about six weeks before the first fall frost. These are annual vegetables (that means no overwintering!)
#8 – Butternut Squash:
These seedlings are very vulnerable, they must be started six weeks before the first frost date!
#9 – Brussels sprouts:
These tasty cool-weather vegetables take a long time to mature, so start in midsummer!