The Best Crops to Plant for the Winter
The arrival of winter doesn’t have to signal the end of the growing season. In fact, there are a number of crops that can continue to grow throughout the coldest months. Whether you have a small backyard garden or a large-scale farm, you can find the perfect crops to grow this winter. Here are a few of the best options:
One of the best cold-weather crops is onions. You can plant these in autumn, and they will grow throughout winter and spring until they are ready to be harvested in summer. Shallots and spring onions can also be grown in the winter.
There are a number of leafy greens that can be grown during winter, though you will want to protect them with a glass, fabric, or plastic cover if you live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing. Spinach is one of the best winter-growing greens, though arugula, mustard greens, and lamb’s lettuce are also good options.
Did you know that asparagus plants can live for several decades, providing a new crop every year? Asparagus is fairly hardy, making it a great winter crop. Once an asparagus plant has established itself—which generally takes a few years—it will produce around 25 asparagus spears every year.
Garlic is an essential ingredient in many hearty winter dishes, and it is also an ideal winter crop! It takes several months to grow garlic, making it a great option to grow over the winter months. You can protect garlic plants from cold weather with a layer of mulch.
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