Curious about the best winter vegetables to grow in your own garden? Sure, gardening in the summer may be more common, but as it turns out, there are plenty of veggie varieties that not only grow but thrive in cooler weather. And since sticking to a healthy meal plan requires delicious meals filled with plenty of fresh produce, why not save some money and grow your own?
Even though it will take a few months for your garden to bloom, it’ll erupt into a colorful rainbow of deliciousness when it does. Plus, just think how rewarding it will be to serve your very own home-grown vegetables in a meal. Some foods just taste better when you grow them yourself, you know?
Keep scrolling to learn more about the best winter begetables to grow in your garden so you can enjoy all their amazing health benefits.
Winter Vegetables Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are a member of the cabbage family (hence why they look like mini cabbages), and they're pretty darn hardy. These little guys take between three to six months to mature from seeds, so now may be time to get planting where you live. Given that Brussels sprouts thrive in cooler weather, it's no surprise that farmers in the Pacific Northwest routinely grow them during the winter.
Winter Vegetables Kale
Trendy kale is another hardy green that grows well in cooler weather. The best type of kale to grow during the winter are the big, curly-leaf varieties, as these are a bit more durable and can withstand a harsher winter. That said, all types of kale grown when it's cold outside will taste sweeter than those grown during warmer months.
Winter Vegetables Carrots
What's up, doc? These crunchy orange logs, like kale, will taste sweeter when grown in chillier weather. Plus, carrots and their vibrant orange hue will be a welcome burst of color when it's dreary and gray. Autumn King carrots are known for being particularly robust, so this may be the variety you start with first.
Winter Vegetables Broccoli
Broccoli is delicious no matter how it's prepared — be it steamed, baked, or served raw in a veggie platter — so you'll want to have some on hand this winter. Fortunately, broccoli is a great winter vegetable to grow. Cold weather actually helps the plant's flowers firm, so let it sit for a few weeks before harvesting.
Winter Vegetables Radish
Crispy, juicy radishes can be savored all year long, as these are easy-to-grow cool-weather vegetables. Certain varieties of radishes, including China Rose, Chinese White, Round Black Spanish, and Tama Hybrid, do best in the winter. And don't forget about the delicious greens on top: Radish greens can (and should!) be enjoyed, too.
Winter Vegetables Cabbage
Chowing down on cabbage will bring back all the refreshing tastes of spring — and distract you from sad winter weather. There are specific varieties of cabbage that do best in winter, so consult with a gardening expert at your local hardware store for suggestions. Winter cabbage will be smaller and harder than warm-weather cabbages.