Vegetable Gardening Through Winter
Many people are beginning to realize that having garden fresh veggies is an awesome way to eat nutritious food. Being able to walk out to your garden and pick some fresh tomatoes or cucumbers for a garden salad is much easier and better for the environment than driving to the grocery store! Unfortunately, warm season plants like tomatoes and cucumbers do not fare well in winter climates in North America. However, there are many winter hardy vegetables that will grow great throughout the year in southern states.
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There is a wide variety of vegetables that can sustain themselves through the winter months. Many of the most common ones are leafy greens such as kale, lettuce, and swiss chard. All of these are fantastic in salads and sandwiches. Leafy greens have the highest vitamin K levels compared to other vegetables, which is crucial for the body to make bones and other tissues.
Other great winter vegetables are broccoli and cauliflower. These veggies are very rich in vitamin C and are absolutely fantastic in soups. Peas and cabbage are also willing to tough it out during the winter months, along with root vegetables like carrots, radishes, and parsnips. You can pretty well guarantee that any of your garden fresh veggies will be loaded with vitamins and minerals with various health benefits.
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