Winter Gardening Tips: Best Winter Crops and Cold-Hardy Varieties

Don’t limit your harvests to summer! No matter your region, you can grow cold-hardy winter crops that have proved they can take biting temps. Just follow these winter gardening tips from one of the foremost four-season gardeners in the country.

‘Space’ spinach has smooth, slightly savoyed leaves. This winter gardening standout has an extended harvest period gardeners love.
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Striking ‘Red Oak Leaf’ lettuce can stand the cold, and can be harvested multiple times.
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‘Sylvetta’ is a flavorful perennial arugula that looks different from standard varieties. This chef favorite is slow-growing but cold-hardy.
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Tatsoi is the cold-hardiest of all Asian greens. Enjoy its mild and slightly mustardy flavors in winter stir-fries and salads.
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Mâche is a delicate winter salad green, best harvested small. Try ‘Vit,’ a mildew-resistant variety.
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A variety that’s well-adapted for winter harvest, ‘Napoli’ carrots are sweet and perfect for greenhouse cultivation.
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‘Lexton’ leeks are exceptionally cold-hardy and had the healthiest foliage of all leeks in a variety trial at Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Maine.
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