Hardy Vegetables to Grow

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Hardy Vegetables To Grow

Hardy vegetables are those that are tolerant of the cool weather. In fact, they will grow without a problem and they will taste best if grown in cool weather.

Vegetables for Cool Weather

Hardy vegetables are those that can tolerate moderate frosts, usually 25 to 28 degrees F. It makes them perfect for fall harvest or for growing through the winter. Depending on your climate and region, you can grow these vegetables during fall, or even well into winter in case the temperature is above 25 degrees F.

It's important to understand that these vegetables can tolerate cold weather and moderate freeze, but not severe freeze (under 24 degrees F). For more information about climate in your area, check out the USDA Freeze Map. This map will give you an approximate date of the first freeze in your area.

This information is useful because it will give you an idea on how long your harvest season will be. Keep in mind that many of the hardy vegetables can continue to grow in the garden for weeks after the first frost. This is a great opportunity to grow some veggies in the cold weather and have fresh and tasty food well into fall and even winter.

Hardy Vegetables List

Here is a quick list of hardy vegetable suitable for growing in cool weather:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Mustard greens
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Collards
  • English peas
  • Turnip
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks

Semi-Hardy Vegetables

There are some vegetables that cannot tolerate moderate frosts, but can grow in light frost. A light frost happens on temperatures between 29 and 32 degrees F. These vegetables are known as semi-hardy and you can grow them in the fall or even winter in mild climates.

Here is a list of popular semi-hardy vegetables:

  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Beets
  • Swiss chard
  • Celery
  • Endive
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Salsify
  • Irish potatoes
  • Rutabaga

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