Vegetables That Grow in Colder Weather

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Kale likes cooler temperatures over hot.

Many vegetables will grow late into the fall when it is cold, and may be started in early spring even before the last frost. In certain areas, such as the southern states, these vegetables may be grown even during the winter months. If you live in the northern states, you may have success growing winter vegetables in a cold frame or a greenhouse.

  1. Salad Greens

    • A variety of lettuces such as head and leaf types are able to be grown year-round, given the proper precautions, as will spinach. Water, garden and land cress may also be planted all year. Kale and cabbage are good choices, as are collard greens which tolerate frost well. These vegetables are all able to be grown during cold times frames, if necessary, which make them easy to harvest during the winter months. If it snows in your area, sweep the snow away from the frame.

      These foods will provide you with salads throughout the cooler months. They will be welcome additions to sandwiches and boiled dinners. Go out and pick your salad fixings for fresh eating even in cold weather.

    Root Vegetables

    • The turnip is a root vegetable that grows well during colder weather. Carrots and onions are good choices as well. Radishes take up little space in the garden, and parsnips are considered classic root vegetables. Mulch the ground where these are planted if you live in fairly warm climates, or use row covers. Try cold frames in the northern states.

      These vegetables go well with roasts. They are tasty in soups and stews as well, and their flavor will be enhanced after a day of slow cooking. Radishes and carrots are eaten raw in salads, and onions flavor many foods.

    More Vegetables

    • Peas grow during the cooler months. They are hardy and will withstand frost -- and even snow -- in some areas. Broccoli will also survive in colder weather, unless it has been growing in hot temperatures. Try planting this in early spring or autumn. Brussels sprouts will have a sweeter flavor if allowed to finish their growth after cool weather sets in. This is because some of their carbohydrates turn into sugar.

      Peas are wonderful in soups or cold in salads. Broccoli is often steamed and is added to vegetable platters. Steam, boil or roast the sprouts, but do not overcook them or they will give off an odor that is sulfurous.

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