If you would like to garden year-round then you need to learn the vegetables that can survive freezing. These 7 Veggies will survive and even thrive in temperatures under 32 degrees.
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We love to garden year-round at our place. We live in a Zone 6 garden and have pretty cold and snowy winters. But with the protection of some cold frames and hoop houses, we are able to get these 7 vegetables that survive freezing to produce all winter long!
7 Vegetables that can Survive Freezing
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The first on our list of vegetables that can survive freezing is spinach. Spinach is one of the hardest and most productive vegetables that you can grow in the wintertime. If you live in warmer climates (Zone 7 and above) Spinach will often do well all winter and easily survive the few frosty nights that you have.
For those of you that live in colder climates, a hoop house or even better a cold frame will be required to keep your spinach protected during the coldest winter months. With a cold frame and the added help of a fabric row cover, spinach will survive temperatures as low as 0 degrees (Fahrenheit) for an extended period of time. Just be sure to wait until temps are above freezing before you harvest.
Carrots are one of the vegetables that can survive freezing really well. In fact cold, freezing temperatures enhance the flavor of carrots a lot. For maximum production and survival, along with ease of harvest, I suggest that you also grow carrots in a cold frame. With a well built cold frame, you will find that the soil doesn’t often freeze. Even during really cold spells when the soil does freeze, it will quickly thaw when temps warm up a bit. Having thawed soil makes harvesting simple (instead of having to pry carrots from the frozen ground).
Kale, especially the curly leaf varieties (like vates & Winterborne) are one of the hardiest vegetables you can grow. We grow kale outdoors in the late fall and early winter and it will survive unprotected until temperatures are consistently in the teens at night. Add a hoop house and some fabric row cover to your kale and you will find it will easily produce all winter long and into the following spring. Freezing temperatures also really enhance the flavor of kale, giving it a nice sweet flavor.
Also known as corn salad or lambs ear, Mache is one of the best vegetables that can survive freezing. This lettuce-like plant has a nice nutty flavor and is a great salad green when the outside temperatures are freezing. This is a very hardy green that will not only survive winters cold but will also continue to grow even when sunlight levels are really low. Mache is planted in early fall once the temperatures drop into the 60’s and 70’s. In zone 7 and above it can survive without protection. In colder areas, a hoop house or cold frame will be needed to keep it living all winter.
This hardy plant will produce all winter when protected by a hoop house (for taller plants) or a cold frame. Smaller leaves have a texture similar to spinach and can be cooked as greens our used as an add into salads. As the winter starts to turn to spring Swiss Chard will really take off again. It will produce the large leaves and thick stalks we are used to from this garden goodie.
Not many people are familiar with Claytonia. It is Native to California and is often called Miner’s lettuce because it was used by gold miners to supplement their meager winter diets. Claytonia is another plant that will continue to grow even when daylight hours are less than 10 hours a day. This is a leafy green that can be used in salads. All of the plant can be eaten, even after it has flowered. It does well in warmer areas unprotected, but in colder climates protect if from the harshest weather with at least a hoop house.
Parsley is, of course, an herb not a veggie. This great plant is quite hardy and with protection can survive the winter in gardening zones as low as 4 or 5. Smaller plants seem to survive the winter cold better. Consider a later summer or early fall planting of parsley in a corner of your hoop house or cold frame. Just a plant or two is enough to keep your winter dishes looking great with a sprig of this delicious herb.
There are many other vegetables that can survive freezing to some degree or another. In fact, there are as many as 30 different plants that be frozen at least a few times and still survive. If you would like to learn more about winter gardening take a look at this article,
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