5 Super-Early Vegetables to Start in Winter

5 Super-Early Vegetables to Start in Winter

Winter can be a frustrating time for us gardeners. If you’re missing some fresh homegrown produce, we’ve got you covered…

When choosing plants that can be started early, follow our simple criteria to ensure you start harvesting in just a few weeks.

In this video we identify 5 vegetables that you can start growing now and demonstrate how to get the best return from these early season crops.

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  1. Great vid, as usual. Practical and inspirational, a rare combo. Sad to say, we live in a condo so cannot have any sort of row cover outside. BUT, I grow small takeout-trays of pea and radish microgreens under the grow-lights we use to start early spring lettuce, kale, and spinach. I'm also going to try starting several plugs of peas inside during late February to get a month's jump.

  2. I have a greenhouse made from a single car garage. Have been growing radish, peas, lettuce, carrots, spinach, green onions, cilantro, broccoli, celery, and herbs. Wonderful flavor, no pesticides, just home grown goodness! We just received 33” of snow this week and greenhouse has a small heater and I use Temp Stick to monitor inside temperature. This spring will use a small AC unit to cool down the GH because it can be very warm inside. Zone 7, mountains of AZ.

  3. I put in leeks and also onions which will be ready in Spring. Also you can leave potatoes in ground over winter and pick as needed. Chard and mustard leaves are other good veg leaves to try as well as raddish

  4. Don’t suppose you have a fix to stop deer eating the plants. They have found tasty snacks this winter and totally trashed my bird netting 😆

  5. Subscribed, I've only recently started to think about a raised bed for vegetables that I can eat all year round, seasonal, thoughts today were mainly on protecting against frost, I'm thinking heating cables? Poly tunnel as well for protection, any recommended vegetables? I want potatoes, carrots, sprouts, cabbage and onion as the minimum and anything else?

  6. My first comment hadn't mentioned that I want to start my early crops in my greenhouse BUT inside a small greenhouse/shelter INSIDE my BIG greenhouse, NOT, in the ground. I can keep THAT at a low of 39F. I use incandescent Christmas lights to add heat, they go off when it reaches about 49F. I have a pipe heater plug in device that comes on when it gets about 38F. I also have a "thermocube" that comes on when it goes down to 35F and most likely will turn off once it gets a bit warmer than 35F.

  7. Your voice tells me that you are in the Uk, and most likely at LEAST a zone 7 or 8 and I am in the USA in zone 6a. I have a greenhouse, BUT, I will need to add some heat to start plants even in March. I do wonder that IF I keep a small mini greenhouse at a minimum of 39F, could I start some of the cool weather plants that you have shown here? My GH will be warm most of the time, BUT, may get down to 39F on the coldest nights. I have had a zone 7 winter so far, BUT, it COULD change. BUT, our last frost date is about a week after Mothers Day or May 17th ish. Lasy years we had our last frost MUCH sooner, BUT, you still must wait since you never know when it MAY be a later frost or earlier frost, sorry, I see this video is about 5 years old.

  8. During the winter I use a composting enclosure to Hot Compost in my Poly Tunnel, the surface temperature can exceed 20 Deg C and and I can place pots and trays on the surface of the compostr

  9. Hi. ı use the product at the link below to protect my plants that do not tolerate frost in winter. this product is great for my work, so ı recommend it to you. (ı know english very poor so ı apologize in advance that there may be errors in sentences ^_^ )

  10. Ooooh all the cold zone growers below talking of avoiding slugs. Here in Southeast USA Zone 8A, fire ants are the big pain in the behind. Don't know anything but poisons to get rid of them. Very tricky around food garden beds! But winter garden/greens/onions doing ok as the ants hibernate thru winter. Covers are needed here more for moth worm prevention on the greens than cold protection. It's mid-January and I caught a moth trapped under my net just last week. Collards, multiple kale varieties, salad lettuces chard, radishes, turnips, carrots, all doing well mostly without cover. Could not germinate spinach – I think it was bad seeds or else wrong temp, but everything else did ok. Pea shoots not known around here, but from watching here, I can't wait to try! They sound delicious for salads? Can't wait for tomatoes, cucumbers and squashes! Good while yet, and February looks colder/more frost than Dec/Jan had. On the bright side, we're all halfway to spring. Good luck all, and never give up 🙂

  11. Plan to put my fruiting tomatoes and other veggies growing under grow light into the ground after the last frost. I've been growing indoor this will be the first time I've had property to grow outdoors on besides a patio! Hyped

  12. Thank you. I live in southern coastal Australia. No Frost's but we basically get 6 months of winter, the sudden hot summer for 6 months and hardly any spring or autumn. So you need to plan planting time very carefully to ensure some veggies don't bolt to seed if you plant them too late eg start of summer, when they look like they are doing well, but stuff like silver beet, lettuce etc quickly goes to seed before you get to pick any to eat. So, finding some clever way to germinate seeds in late winter can avoid this problem. And your techniques help. But there also a few I decided which work if you do not have a cold frame and such useful things. Eg I used a few tricks I devised, involving normal household things, like aluminium foil, empty glass or plastic bottles, old electric blankets which still work etc. Use your imagination and ingenuity. I like to plant crops of broad beans in winter, ready for early summer harvesting, mainly because I am country raised and expect to be able to just go out and pick straight from nature whatever I want to eat, instead of enduring the yuk of "shopping", people, supermarkets, checkouts etc and now, worse still in Australia, no plastic bags to carry your shopping, no service, just automated checkouts. One of the things I like to walk around to just pick and eat are raw broadbeans, ripening nice and tender and juicy, in early summer, if planted in mid Winter. Just ensure there is enough sunlight where you plant them. No cold frames or special insulation required. Straight into the ground, unless it is frozen. Germination is aided by soaking seeds overnight in like warm water before planting ie similar to the principle that applies to growing many Australian bush native plants, many of who need to be soaked in boiling water a while to enable them to germinate. This is to replicate their conditions growing wild in the bush, where they need bushfires to burn through the ground so they can then germinate or they need the heat. It's great knowing some of these clever horticultural tricks.


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