By contributing writer Anni W. of TheBestGardening.com
The two biggest challenges to growing food in winter are decreased light and freezing temperatures.
But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your fresh garden produce when winter weather approaches. It just means a change in what you grow. Even in places like Canada and Alaska, a little light can go a long way for leafy greens.
Basic rule of thumb: Full sun for Fruit. Light sun for Leaves.
Anything that produces an edible leaf can be grown during the shorter days of winter.
Growing your greens outdoors all winter is possible, but will require a little more planning. You’ll need to grow your plants under row covers or in hoop houses. Choose southern-exposed areas that get as much sun (and heat) as possible. Mulch heavily to protect roots.
You can also grow your greens in pots on a south-facing windowsill. All the greens listed below can be successfully grown in a pot through the winter.
It’s surprising how satisfying it is to harvest your own greens in the middle of winter when there’s snow on the ground outside and the world looks dim and gray.
One reminder… don’t overwater! Indoor plants aren’t exposed to the wicking effects of wind, or the drying effects of the sun. So they don’t need as much water as they would if they were growing outdoors.
9 Greens You Can Grow All Winter
- Pea greens
- Garden Sorrel
- Mache/Corn Salad
- Salad Burnet
- Land cress
Pea greens are my favorite – which is why I listed them first. With less light, the pea plant won’t produce peas, but the shoots and leaves still have that wonderful English pea flavor.