Can you really grow vegetables outdoors in the fall and winter—in cold climates? Yes, you can! In fact, some veggies grow best in colder conditions. See what you need to get growing.
1. Know what to grow.
Some veggies thrive in cooler growing conditions including salad greens, radishes, kale, broccoli, and more. This guide has 25 vegetables and herbs to choose from.
2. Impatient? Choose fast growers.
Growth slows down in colder weather, but some veggies like salad greens and radishes only take a short time to mature. Sow these seeds and have them on the table within 30 days.
3. Prepare your growing area.
The key to successful fall and winter food growing is providing suitable protection to prevent the veggies from freezing. There are many options including frost covers, polytunnels, and cold frames, and most of them are not expensive.
4. Get started now.
So, once you know what to grow and the setup you need, how do you start? This provides good, practical advice. You can do it.
5. Don’t like the cold? Grow indoors instead.
It’s true. If you grow veggies outdoors year round in a cold climate, you will have to go out there and tend to your garden. Not a fan of the cold? Grow your veggies indoors. All you need is room for the containers and a flourescent shop light. This shows you what you can grow right in your kitchen.