Today, Let’s Start A Winter Garden! Here are 5 Vegetables to Plant Now for Bountiful Spring Harvest!

Have you ever yearned for more than summer crops, to enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long? Well, the gardening season doesn’t have to stop because it’s cold!

If you live in a climate with winters, you can start growing spring harvest crops to grow over the winter! These crops you can grow in cold frames or covered in mulch while you wait for the sun to come out again!

Some of these winter vegetables are so hardy, that the cold makes them taste better!

So let’s get started on these 5 vegetables to grow in the winter for spring harvest!

Before we get started, I want to remind you that I’m taking on a winter gardening challenge myself. Over the next couple of weeks, I will prove that it is possible to grow vegetables indoors during winter. If you want to follow me along on my journey, follow my Instagram for weekly updates!

hand holding onion in front of pile of onions

1. Alliums: Smaller Means Earlier Harvest!

Alliums are bulby vegetables that include leeks, onions, scallions, and garlic. We’ll talk about garlic later since it’s a special case.

If you are hoping for an earlier spring harvest, it’s best to get smaller varieties of your favorite allium to enjoy. The greens can be harvested and enjoyed during the spring as well.

To grow during the winter, bury your bulb 3 inches deep and mulch heavily.

Tiny gardening tip: You can use leaves, paper, straw, woodchips, or pine needles as mulch anywhere!

old man picking asparagus in the spring

2. Asparagus: It Takes Patience, But So Rewarding!

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that can take a couple of years to get harvests from, especially if you’re growing asparagus from seed. Until the 3-4 year mark occurs, you can only watch the young stalks from afar.

Don’t let that discourage you though! While asparagus can take a couple of years to maturity, it will provide mature plants every spring harvest for decades! So make sure to choose a variety that is best for your region.

To get started on growing Asparagus, you can either grow from 1-year-old plants like crowns, or from seed. I recommend growing from crowns because it eliminates the need for weeding. But what about other plants?

labeled harvested herbs on white woodboards

3. Herbs: Grow Indoors for Flavor Year-Round

Did you know that you could simply bring herbs indoors to grow over the winter? Certain plants that are commonly thought of as annuals can be treated as perennials, like basil or rosemary. Just make sure that you keep them in a sunny spot!

I keep my mint and rosemary indoors and I save so much money yearly! Not to mention it’s so motivating to see the plants grow larger every year!

Some herbs that you can grow indoors in the winter are:

  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Stevia
  • Oregano
  • Chives
  • Parsley
baskets with garlic and onions under morning light at the street market

4. Garlic. Not A Spring Harvest, But Still Worth It!

Garlic is an allium too, but it’s a special case. Garlic is harvested in the late summer in after winter planting, so enjoy the greens all season long!

To grow, bury your garlic 3 inches deep and mulch.

5. Kale, The One Vegetable That Likes The Snow.

Kale is one of my favorite vegetables to grow in winter. It’s a superfood, tasty in the kitchen, and grows literally all year round.

One of the things about kale is that it gets sweeter during the winter due to the cold, so you can enjoy curly leaves even as snow is on the ground!

So What Now, Sarika?

Well first of all, hello! My name is Sarika, and I am taking on a gardening challenge to grow vegetables indoors on Instagram! And you can share with me by growing these 5 plants and tagging @theblossominggardener.

If you need an in-depth guide on gardening and getting started, take a look at my newest book, “You Are A Gardener: A Guide for Gardening” on major platforms including Amazon!

If you want to learn about more plants to grow and get to know me personally, subscribe to my Plant of the Month! I share gardening experiences, and teach you about a new plant every month! You can always unsubscribe!

Before you go, don’t forget to snag your gardening dictionary! I collected and defined more the 100 of the most common gardening terms you’ll come across. So that next time you encounter a gardening word, you’re not scratching your head and saying, “Huh?”.

And that’s all for now. Happy Gardening, till we meet again.

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