Top 10 Fruits & Vegetables You Can Grow in the Winter

If you’re a gardening fiend, Winter is usually a time to bundle up indoors and take care of potted plants, if anything. But what if you didn’t have to give up your fruit or veggie crops even after the first snowfall? Here are 10 fruits and veggies you can plant in Winter to keep your thumbs green all season long.

​These nutrient-packed veggies are very resilient and will continue to grow even in cold climates. Ensure that they are well-watered and planted in an area that will still receive sunlight, and you’ll be able to enjoy a healthy crop of carrots throughout the winter.

Use your carrots to create warming winter soups, tasty casseroles, or simply cut them up to enjoy with dips and salad. Don’t forget that carrots are full of nutrients that help to protect eyesight and ward off colds and flu that are so prevalent during this season.

They may seem delicate, but blueberries are surprisingly hardy and can be planted during the winter without difficulty. It’s important to keep them well-pruned, so you’ll need to spend more time than usual on their maintenance.

As with all plants grown during the winter, make sure to check for damage caused by frost or snow, and address it immediately.

There’s so much you can do with blueberries during the winter! Bake them into delicious muffins, add them to your pancake batter, use them to dress a winter dessert, or toss them into healthy smoothies.

They’re high in antioxidants, which helps to protect your general health, and there’s also evidence to suggest they can prevent high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and viral infections.

​Onions take a long time to grow, but they will certainly survive the winter, giving you a bumper crop by the time summer rolls around. If you want to enjoy onions in the winter, plant them in late spring or early summer.

Onions don’t require a lot of maintenance as they grow, beyond ensuring that they have sufficient water and sunlight. Check for signs of cold weather damage, but this is not likely to happen unless your garden experiences an especially brutal snap.

There are lots of delicious ways to enjoy onions. Use them to make a warming winter soup, add them to salads, include them in omelettes, or bake them into tasty onion sourdough. We’re salivating just thinking about it!

​Whether you love Savoy or prefer Pak Choi, cabbage is a hardy and versatile vegetable. It will grow during the winter with no difficulty, but you must make sure to monitor it regularly to ensure that the plants haven’t sustained any damage from frost or snow.

​Cabbage is a wonderful accompaniment to main meals, a delicious and nutritious part of a stir-fry, and absolutely sensational in a traditional Irish colcannon. You can also use whole cabbage leaves (well washed, of course) in place of taco shells or tortillas if you’re watching your carb intake.

​Rhubarb is a wonderfully resilient fruit that will keep going, whatever the weather. Check its large leaves regularly for signs of frost damage, although this is very unusual for rhubarb plants.

Although you’ll want to tear right into the fruit, don’t harvest your plant for at least one year. This gives it a chance to really become established in your garden and promotes long-term health and growth.

We love rhubarb in a delicious crumble dessert, but it can also be used in cheesecake, baked into a pie, or make into jam. You can even boil it with a little sugar and gobble it on its own!

​It’s delicious, healthy, and easy to grow. What’s not to love about garlic? They have a long growing season, just like onions, but they’ll handle the winter with no problem. If you’d like to have home-grown garlic for the winter, plant it during the late spring or early summer, and harvest in late autumn to early winter.

You can use garlic in countless recipes. It’s a key component of French, Italian, and Chinese cuisine, so take your taste buds on a tour of the world!

This tasty leafy green has been having a moment recently, thanks to its enormous health benefits. Packed full of vitamin C, B vitamins, and soluble fibre, it’s a wonderful choice for whole-body health.

It’s also an excellent choice for growing during the winter. Kale will grow happily in a cold climate, giving a regular bumper crop throughout the year.

Use kale in stir-fries, salads, smoothies, casseroles – pretty much anywhere! It’s just as easy to eat as it is to grow!

​We might not think of peaches as a fruit that grows well in the winter, but it’s surprisingly resilient! Peaches need a little extra care, but they’re certainly not high-maintenance. Plant them where they will get some respite from sunlight, and perform a check every few days to confirm they haven’t become damaged by frost.

Peaches can be enjoyed in a cobbler, tart, or muffins, and they’re absolutely delicious on their own!

Love them or hate them, brussels sprouts are an important part of our winter cuisine! They also grow beautifully throughout the colder months, thanks to their strong stalks and hardy nature.

​Sprouts don’t need a lot of attention beyond the cursory checks you’ll perform on all your winter plants; just a decent amount of water and some sunlight. Easy!

Now, not everyone enjoys brussels sprouts on their dinnertime plate, but there are ways to jazz them up. Pop them in the oven with a little olive oil to mellow out the flavour, or cut them up and toss in with some lardons for a delicious take on this winter classic!

​Strawberry plants, just like blueberries, will survive the winter very well. They’re perennials, which means that they keep growing all year round. Although you won’t get a crop until summer if they’re left outside, you can pop them in a greenhouse to keep the sweet berries coming throughout the cold months.

Enjoy strawberries in a healthy fruit salad, as part of a smoothie, with cream, or just on their own. Either way, they’re perfect!

​Which fruit and veg will you be growing this winter? Let us know in the comments section!


Colin Thomas MacMillan

Colin Thomas MacMillan, CEO of Riverwood Landscape, boasts over 8 years of expertise in landscaping and 3 years in transportation and logistics. A prominent figure, he serves as a board member for the Waterloo Chapter of Landscape Ontario and has been a vital part of the community for five years. Recognized for his insights, Colin has contributed to major industry events, including LeadsCON 2023. His entrepreneurial journey in landscaping began post-high school, driven by a lifelong aspiration and self-taught skills. Outside work, Colin's interests span history and video games, and he's dedicated three years to learning German, reflecting his commitment to personal growth. His professional ethos emphasizes a resilient, people-first approach, advocating for mastering current tasks and prioritizing quality in business and client relations. An avid reader of industry articles and an active networker, Colin's dynamic approach to professional development cements his status as a leader and an inspiration in landscaping and logistics.

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