Say goodbye to concerns about short days and frosty nights because we are sharing our top 5 favorite cold crop with you. We love planting certain veggies in the winter because they not only endure the chill but thrive in it.
1. Peas: These little green gems are not just versatile in the kitchen; they're the champs of low-maintenance. Plant them as soon as the soil is workable, and watch them flourish. Sure, they demand a bit of attention when those pods start popping, but trust me, the effort is worth it. Whether you prefer shelling peas or the snap variety, they're a tasty snack on their own. Plus, they're perfect for small spaces and containers, making them a must-have for all garden sizes.
2. Kale: Move over, smoothie enthusiasts! Kale is not just a health-conscious addition; it's a cold-weather warrior. This leafy green can withstand winter's chill and even flaunts inches of snow on top without breaking a leaf. Versatile in the kitchen, you can enjoy it fried, blanched, or tossed in a smoothie (yes, really). Don't forget to pick those leaves from the bottom up when it's in full swing. And hey, if you're feeling fancy, transplanting is an option for those who like to mix things up.
3. Arugula: An Italian kitchen favorite, and rightly so! Arugula brings a peppery and fiery taste that adds flair to any dish. The best part? It's one of the easiest crops to grow. Direct sow this beauty for fantastic germination rates. Just keep it in the cold weather category, and you'll have a kitchen staple that won't bolt away too fast. Save it for the summer, and it might start tasting a bit too much like wood.
4. Mustards: If you're into the bold flavors of arugula, you'll love mustards too. These greens are cold-tolerant, nutrient-packed, and a breeze to grow. I once had a life-changing salad with Mizuna mustard – trust me; your taste buds will thank you. An excellent choice for those seeking a cold-tolerant, nutritious, and easy-to-grow option.
5. Carrots: Wrapping up our top 5 is the classic carrot. While they may need a bit of warmth to germinate, once they get going, they're unstoppable. Perfect for fall and even resilient enough to overwinter – just make sure you don't eat them all at once! Piles of snow on the carrot bed? No problem.
So there you have it – get out there early and give these cold-tolerant, easy-to-grow crops a try. Happy growing