Eating fresh produce all winter is a gardener’s dream. There is a sense of pride and satisfaction from eating vegetables you grew in your own garden. Some may think growing crops during the winter is hard or impossible, but as you will see, winter gardening is easy and fun when you know what to plant — and when.
Cool greenhouses, cold frames or quick hoops are the easiest to handle and take care of. In most locations no heat is needed, as the structures absorb the sun and produce is protected from outside weather. Cool greenhouses or cold frames are greenhouses that stay below 50 degrees Fahrenheit consistently at night. You can also use quick hoops, a structure made with arches and built very much like a cold frame. They can have high or low arches. You can even place quick hoops inside a cold frame. This would give your plants extra protection and double the amount of plants you can grow.
With any one of these structures, there is a rather large list of vegetables you are able to grow easily. Let’s begin the list with beets, broccoli, garlic and kale. There are also Brussels sprouts, carrots, radishes, celery and turnips. Leafy greens like the cooler temperatures, too. Let’s bring in the cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, lettuce and herbs. When wondering about a vegetable, read up on its characteristics if you are interested in adding it to your garden.
The advantages of growing winter vegetables in a greenhouse or a cold frame are as plentiful as the types of vegetables they protect. A dedicated gardener is able to enjoy a beloved hobby, as well as having fresh produce during the dreary, long winter days. Very little weeding is necessary in the cold months.