What vegetables to grow in winter is dependant on what climate zone you live in – do you
get frost? See the climate zone map here if you are not sure. Does your garden get enough sun in winter. My vegetable garden is in full shade during winter. Once you think about how cold it gets and what the sun is doing at your place you can decide what to plant and where.
Many vegetables grow well through the cooler months. In temperate and warm climates, it’s possible to grow winter vegetables including leafy greens.
Cool season vegetables grow best when temperatures are between 50-68 ° F (10-20°C) or sometimes even lower.
Most winter vegetable plants are quite hardy and will cope well with cold weather, but most are frost sensitive. If you get frosts where you live you will probably need to cover your vegetables to protect them from the cold.
Cool season vegetables include: artichoke, asparagus, fava beans (broad beans) carrots, cabbage, beans, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, garlic, onions, spring onions, peas, radish, perpetual spinach
, spinach and turnips.
Most can be planted or sown directly outdoors to ensure that your winter vegetable garden is fully stocked.
Make sure you remember to water but not too much garden beds won’t dry out as quickly in winter as they do in spring and summer.
If the weather is mild or you have a sheltered garden that is protected from frost you may be able to start some plants in late winter rather than waiting for early spring. It really depends on your microclimate. If you think it’s warm enough where you live have a go what will you have lost a couple of dollars if you don’t get frost you should be OK I managed to grow a great crop of broccoli and cabbage in full shade last winter.
Vegetables that may be suitable for this include artichokes (Globe and Jerusalem), beetroot, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and radish.
Get a Head Start
Frost-sensitive vegetables such as capsicum, eggplant and tomatoes can be started early indoors will need a warm spot to germinate. You can get a propagating tray with a heat mat like the one on the right to help you raise seedlings early. This ensures that the soil is consistently warm enough.
You can also get various covers that can go over your garden to protect your plants from frost and increase the temperature. Of course a greenhouse would be the ultimate luxury but most people don’t have them.
- Winter is the usual time to plant and prune soft fruits including strawberries other berries and currants.