Edible garden plants that defy Lady Autumn and Old Man Winter.
Conventional wisdom says that late fall and early winter mostly spells the end of gardening in Zones 1 through 7, but there are cold-hardy edibles that stand up to and even thrive in the harsh climates—with and without help from greenhouses, row covers, cold frames, hoop houses or movable containers.
So which ones can take the chill? Try mustard and collard greens, kale, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, chard, carrots, onions, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, peas, brussel sprouts, basil, thyme, chives and mint.
Some varieties of these tough veggies and herbs don’t mind being planted after the frost or even in frozen ground, and most will be ready for harvest well before you even think about starting your spring garden.
For details about gardening in cold-weather environments, see these must-read resources:
Kathy Purdy’s Cold Climate Gardening blog