Summer is over, fall is here and winter is upon us – and while pumpkin-spice everything is filling the air (including Pumpkin-Spiced White Russians), at least for the next couple of weeks, this doesn’t mean you have to give up your green thumb during winter. In fact, there are a lot of things you COULD be growing during this dreary, cold season. In an effort to satisfy your winter horticulturist, we have researched which veggies and herbs can still grow in winter.
In an effort to satisfy your winter horticulturist, and the inner health-nut who has been dying to stay in shape year round, we have researched which veggies and herbs can still grow in winter.
Defy Winter and Grow Vegetables!
There are the usual tips when growing veggies in the winter – things like using walls, raised garden beds, polytunnels, greenhouses and the like – but certain crops grow better in the winter than others. Having this distinction can give you a bountiful harvest in the spring.
Here are some of the foods which can grow in winter:
- Onions, spring onions, and shallots
- Winter lettuce and/or lambs lettuce
- Peas and pea shoots
- Bok Choy
- Brussel sprouts (not my favorite TBH)
Keys to Growing Vegetables in the Winter
- First and foremost, it is cold outside and ensuring your soil doesn’t freeze is key. Raised garden beds with insulation can help – and be sure to have a cover for your raised beds unless you have a winter greenhouse. There are usually a couple of warm days during the winter in which you can open your beds up, expose those veggies to the sunshine and water them.
- Start planting in late summer and early fall. This supports your plants in growing strong roots before the onset of winter. Slow growers like kale and broccoli should be planted first, in August, and then transferred to raised outdoor beds in October. You can refer to the chart from territorialseed.com. They know what they are doing!
- If it is damp outside or freezing during the winter, keep those lids closed! And avoid putting your raised beds too close to your home – if there is any ice or snow you risk flooding your beds when the weather warms up and everything starts thawing.
- Your plants will need occasional watering, but you need to pay attention to the weather AND your plants.
All in all, giving yourself a hobby this winter may be one way to stave off SAD (seasonal affective disorder). For the most part, having a winter garden is low-maintenance and many claim winter-grown vegetables taste sweeter than their spring and summer-sown counterparts.
Wishing you all the best for this winter!