Even if you think you may have missed the window planting a winter vegetable garden, the good news is the weather in the Silicon Valley is so great that it’s not too late! Here are some great vegetables you can plant now that will keep your home garden plentiful over the winter.
Beans of all types grow quickly. This makes them ideal for succession planting, meaning planting at intervals throughout the growing season. Sow outdoors directly in the soil. If you’re growing pole beans, add a trellis; if you’re growing bush varieties, no trellis is needed.
Beets are an ideal cold-weather crop. Sow seeds directly outdoors; you can pre-soak seeds to help with germination. Late plantings that mature through winter will be the sweetest because the roots store sugars during cool weather.
Broccoli can be sown directly into the garden, or plant from transplants for a little ease. Broccoli is sensitive to frost and freeze, so cover to protect the growing buds in the event of a temporary cold spell.
Brussels sprouts love cool weather and are often grown in cool climates. They can take a little frost. Start from seed indoors and transplant outside when they’ve matured, or buy transplants at your local garden center.
Lettuce loves cool weather. You can plant from transplants but lettuce also grows easily from seed.
These are some of the best performing colder weather vegetables that will keep your home garden full and ensure you have plenty of fresh, organic vegetables for your family throughout the winter months. Get started now and you’ll be in great shape before you know it!