Cold Hardy Plants: Grow Edible Fresh Greens Year-Round

For fresh greens in the winter, grow cold-hardy plants using these season-extending gardening techniques.

cold hardy plants - fabric covers
You can grow salads even in winter by protecting your greens with simple fabric row covers.
Walter Chandoha
cold hardy plants - plastic tunnel
Using season-extending techniques in winter and early spring can help you produce an abundance of cold-hardy plants for great salads all year.
Photo by Walter Chandoha
cold hardy plants - purple mustard
‘Osaka Purple’ mustard is a self-seeding annual.
William D. Adams
cold hardy plants - tatsoi
Tatsoi is part of the brassica family.
David Cavagnaro
cold hardy plants - corn salad
Corn salad or mache: ‘Piedmont’ and other large-leaf varieties produce the most greens per plant.
David Cavagnaro
cold hardy plants - spring salad
Sure, this spring salad contains lettuce — but also endive, mustard, pea shoots, arugula, beet greens, sorrel, kale, corn salad and mizuna, a veritable buffet of flavors and nutrients.
Tabitha Alterman
cold hardy plants - radicchio
Radicchio is a perennial green. The ‘Red Treviso’ variety lends itself to cut-and-come-again harvesting.
William D. Adams
cold hardy plants - claytonia
Claytonia (miners lettuce) may need a little more protection than some of the other cold-hardy plants.
William D. Adams

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