The 10 best fruits and vegetables for your winter garden

Feb 3, 2012, 8:16 a.m.

The garden was abundant with tomatoes and vegetables this summer, but the change of the season means these wonderful plants stop producing and die. Don't despair, though, planting a winter garden full of cool weather vegetables provides you with the pleasure of fresh produce almost year round! What grows in your winter garden depends on your climate zone, so consult local resources before planting. A cold frame or small greenhouse extends the growing season no matter where you live.

Cold-loving vegetables include the root crops, greens and onion and garlic varieties. Spinach, lettuce and chard survive cool weather and provide delicious salads both in the late fall and again in the early spring. Snow peas, broccoli and cabbage are hardy and are planted in late summer and again in late winter. Try carrots, radishes and beets, crops that are often protected by a heavy covering of mulch.

Those living in warm winter climates enjoy winter fruits in season. There is nothing more delightful than a pomegranate or orange served in a Thanksgiving or Christmas salad. Apples ripen in late fall but store well over the winter. Seasonal winter fruits are a bit more difficult to grow than vegetables in most climates.

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