Back when I was a kid summer was when we all grew our vegetables. Now everyone is catching the four-season vegetable garden bug and learning to grow food all year round. If you want to give this a try, now is the time to get started.
Information on four season vegetable gardening is readily available online and the County Extensions, colleges, independent garden centers and even non-profit farms that are working to teach the public how to grow their own vegetables year round. There are some really good books on the subject too. An expert in the field is Eliot Coleman, author of “Four Season’s Harvest” who has been growing organic vegetables on his farm since before it was cool.
So which vegetables will grow in the cold? Here is a list of those recommended for fall and winter harvesting.
Brussels sprouts – sweetens after nipped by frost
Kale – the easiest of all winter crops
Leeks – very cold hardy.
Onions – only varieties meant to winter over in the ground
Rutabaga – stores well in the soil
Where you live will determine sowing and transplanting dates and the level of protection your crops will need. Most folks use simple hoop houses or cold frames. For some great ideas search Google “Hoop House Images”. It doesn’t have to be a hoop house, it could be a tent frame like ours pictured above.
If you grow a four season veggie garden, inspire us at Birds and Blooms. We love seeing what you are up to in the garden.