When it comes to home gardening, summer usually gets all the attention. I love summer produce as much as anybody. But one of our family’s sustainable living goals is to grow as much of our own food as we can, and that means that we need a winter vegetable garden.
Crops for Your Winter Vegetable Garden
There are plenty of foods that you can grow in the winter. Here’s a list of my favorites.
- Asparagus: We used to have this growing in my yard when I was a kid. I loved it! Plant it in the fall and it will be ready to harvest in early spring.
- Peas: Peas are a hardy crop for your winter vegetable garden. They actually need two months of cool growing weather. Plant them in the fall and harvest in early spring.
- Spring onions: Don’t let the name fool you. You can plant spring onions almost any time of year. They are ready to harvest about 8 weeks later.
- Garlic: You can plant garlic in mid-autumn. It will stay safe over the winter with a layer of mulch on top. The plants should be ready for harvest by early spring.
- Onions: Ideally, gardeners should plant onions in September. They’ll stay safe in your garden through the winter.
- Spinach: Spinach is super cold hardy. You can plant it in the spring, fall, or winter.
- Arugula: Home gardeners can plant this nutty lettuce variety in late summer for a late fall or early winter harvest.
- Parsley: You can plant parsley indoors 2 1/2 to 3 months before the last frost. You should have a good crop all through the winter.
- Lettuce varieties like mache and claytonia: Plant these lettuces in late August or early September. They’ll be ready to harvest by early spring.
- Carrots: Sow carrot seeds in the summer for fall and winter carrots.
- Beets: You can harvest these bright purple vegetables anytime between late summer and late fall.
Have you been successful with winter gardening? I’d love to hear your stories!