Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Backyards Made Better0
Cold Hardy Vegetables
It’s the season for cool weather vegetables here, and although many gardeners are done for the year, some of the more adventurous keep the garden going into the fall & winter. Cold temperatures, frosts and even snow can hinder many vegetables, but the list that can withstand fall & winter weather is surprising.
So what’s the difference between cool season veggies and the cold hardy one’s?
Cool season vegetable thrive in cool temperatures but are less likely to withstand light or hard frosts.
Cold hardy vegetables can handle light or hard freezes, and may even overwinter under the snow for a spring harvest. Now this does depend on your climate, I don’t think a whole lot can withstand -30C/-22F prairie temperatures, but here where it doesn’t often get colder than -10C/14F* there is some room for overwintering
Cool season vegetables include arugula, beet, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.
Cold hardy varieties include cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, kohl rabi and broccoli, in which all can handle frosts and even a little snow.