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 - 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 - fabric covers
You can grow salads even in winter by protecting your greens with simple fabric row covers.
Walter Chandoha
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 - corn salad
Corn salad or mache: ‘Piedmont’ and other large-leaf varieties produce the most greens per plant.
David Cavagnaro
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 - claytonia
Claytonia (miners lettuce) may need a little more protection than some of the other cold-hardy plants.
William D. Adams
cold hardy plants - radicchio
Radicchio is a perennial green. The ‘Red Treviso’ variety lends itself to cut-and-come-again harvesting.
William D. Adams

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.