In today's episode we talk about five veggies that are ultra cold hardy.
The first veggie we talk about is carrots. The tops can handle frost but the roots are the hardy part. If you want to overwinter your carrots you will need to apply a thick layer of mulch over the roots for the winter. That also keeps the ground unfrozen for easier harvest. Remember that the shorter and fatter the root the better it will do in clay soils or hard soils.
The second vegetable we cover is spinach. Spinach is surprisingly cold hardy. If you want to continue to eat winter salads with spinach in them then cover them with a low hoop house/tunnel. The rule of thumb with spinach is the flat leafed/smooth leaf are more tender. Savoyed leaves are more cold hardy.
The third plant we cover is Swiss chard. With Swiss chard the green or white plants are more cold hardy. The variety of plant that we cover is the Verde de Taglio. People really like this variety because it has a mild flavor and is very cold hardy www.rareseeds.com has it for three dollars a packet.
Our fourth vegetable is the mighty parsnip. Parsnips are very cold hardy and are best after a frost. They look like a white carrot, and go well in/with mashed potatoes.
The last plant we cover is the leek. With the leek, the dark green or blue varieties are more cold hardy than the light green ones. The Tadorna Leek is the variety that we cover today from high mowing seeds. It is a winter leek and a favorite of growers in the Northeast.
Remember to always do your homework when selecting a plant variety. There are lots of companies offering seeds and lots and lots of varieties out there!
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Thanks For Listening!!
Chris Hodge is our Radio DJ here at Haven Homestead.