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Learning to cultivate vegetables during the colder seasons can help you save a lot of money on groceries and provide your family with fresh juicy produce straight from your garden! Cool weather vegetables generally grow best at temperatures ranging between 55 deg. F and 70 deg. F.

A realistic time to plant cold weather vegetable seeds in warm regions, would be from late summer to early fall when temperatures are falling for harvest in late fall, winter or early spring.

In areas that experience very cold winters, one must plant cold weather crops as soon as the soil is workable in the early days of spring.

To get amazing results, the crop has to be grown to maturity in the cold weather; otherwise, they could end up becoming bitter tasting, or even worse, bolt to seed rather than producing edible parts.

Here goes the list of cold weather vegetables that you should try out. I have provided known cold tolerant varieties where possible.

–          Asparagus

–          Beets- ‘Detroit Dark Red’, ‘Chioggia’

–          Broccoli-  ‘Waltham’, ‘De Cicco’, ‘Packman’

–          Brussels Sprouts

–          Chard- ‘Ruby Red’

–          Carrots- ‘Romeo’, ‘Paris Market’

–          Cabbage- ‘Rio Verde’, ‘Savoy’, ‘Flat Dutch’

–          Celery

–          Cauliflower

–          Collards- ‘Vates’, ‘Top Bunch’, ‘Georgia’

–          Kale-‘Dwarf Siberian’, ‘Redbor’, ‘Winterbor’

–          Kohlrabi

–          Lettuce- ‘Wine Country Mesclun’, ‘Speckled Trout Black’, ‘Red Leaf’

–          Onion

–          Turnips- ‘Purple Top’, ‘White Globe’, ‘Rapa da Orto’

–          Spinach- ‘Bloomsdale Long Standing’, ‘Bordeaux’

–          Radishes- ‘French Blush’, ‘Watermelon’

–          Rhubarb

–          Rutabagas

–          Peas- ‘Alaska’, ‘Super Snappy’, ‘Oregon Giant’