Cool Season Vegetables


Cool season vegetables grow well in the early spring, fall and winter. These vegetables do not mind the short days, less sun and their flavour is often enhanced after a frost. There are some vegetables that store well in the ground over winter. Just remember if you plan to harvest vegetables over the fall and winter months make sure your veggies are protected from the cold, rain and snow.

If you live in a colder climate you can plant these cool season veggies once the last frost is gone and the soil can be worked, usually in late spring.

In more temperate climates you can be planting these veggies all year round - just be aware if you live in a rainy climate they may not grow very well until the days get a bit longer starting in March or April.

Here is a list of cool season vegetables for you to try:

  • Artichokes - this vegetable will keep in the ground over winter
  • Asparagus - this is a perennial vegetable
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots - this vegetable will keep in the ground over winter
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard
  • Cress
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Onion
  • Oriental greens
  • Parsnip - this vegetable can be left in the ground over winter
  • Peas
  • Potato- this vegetable will keep in the ground over winter
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga - this vegetable will keep in the ground over winter winter
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnip - this vegetable will keep in the ground over winter

For more information on any specific vegetable please go to my vegetable list. Here you will find useful tip for planting, growing and harvesting them.


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