4 Cold Tolerant Vegetables for Early Spring Planting!

The snow has melted, the robins are in the trees, and the gardeners are in their (flower) beds – spring has sprung. After a long winter away from the soil, it’s no wonder gardeners are eager to get back to doing what they love, making things grow. 

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Gardening is a wonderful hobby, because it offers a lot of opportunity for health benefits – it can help improve your mood, allow you a chance to connect with family members of different generations, and give you a chance to get some exercise. Gardening can also be a great way to get the good of the soil back into your body – and not just through the dirt under your fingernails, but through growing your own food.

There are plenty of fruits and veggies to focus on as the weather gets warmer, but if you want to start reaping the benefits right away, here are some cold tolerant vegetables you can plant in the Spring!

1. Asparagus

There’s something about asparagus that adds a level of elegance to a meal. It feels like that vegetable you discover only after your palate is a little more mature – no wonder there, since it does have a stronger taste. Asparagus is particularly delicious when it’s grilled or roasted. Try to eat it when it’s younger and more tender.

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2. Broccoli

It may be a running joke in movies and TV shows that kids don’t like broccoli, but the fact is, many people are actually fans of this powerhouse veggie. Broccoli is really good for you, having lots of fiber and protein, as well as nutrients and vitamins. It’s easy to prepare in a bunch (no pun intended) of different ways, and can be added to lots of different dishes. It can also be eaten on its own raw, offering a satisfying crunch. Did we mention it’s cold tolerant too?! You can get planting broccoli right away!

3. Cauliflower

Cauliflower has been growing in popularity lately as a healthier alternative to some common foods. You might see it riced, or tossed in wing sauce and roasted for a game day treat. It’s no wonder people are incorporating it into more dishes, as cauliflower is high in fibre and antioxidants, and may help with weight loss. Like broccoli, cauliflower is very easy to cook with, and it can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. Since its own flavour is quite mild, it’s a great vehicle to let your seasoning shine. 

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4. Peas

Peas are a ubiquitous vegetable. There always seems to be a can of them in the cupboard, or a bag in the freezer. But even though you might have eaten them a lot of times throughout the course of your life, there’s no comparison to the bright flavour of peas freshly harvested from the vine in your own garden. Add them to soups, stews, eat them on their own, or as part of a vegetable medley. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can roast them for a unique snack.

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Regardless of what you decide to grow, though, we suggest you use BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil. We take great care in preparing our soil, making sure it’s an ideal blend of peat loam, black loam, compost and manure. Loam is a soil type consisting of sand, silt and clay. It provides ideal drainage while also retaining moisture, so your plants can get the right amount of water. We make sure our soil has lots of essential nutrients and organic matter, so your plants will grow healthier and stronger, offering you a better harvest. Running our soil through a screen several times eliminates any clumps! We know your garden matters to you, and that you’re counting on us to give you the best growing medium possible.

Cameron Shimoda

Garden and Soil Enthusiast