19 Vegetables That Grow in Freezing or Almost Freezing Temperatures


Growing my own food is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things I’ve ever done. There is nothing like harvesting a yield and feeding the family with what was grown.

Many gardeners stop planting with their Spring & Summer crops, however there are plenty of vegetables that can be grown throughout the winter in the South (and in cold frames in the North).

If this is your first time growing in the Fall, this will help you understand the growing habits of these foods.

1. Beets

An all-time favorite winter hardy plant.  They mature quickly and don’t require much attention.  Very easy to grow.  Although beets grow well during warm weather, the seedlings are established more easily under cool, moist conditions. SHOP all BEET SEEDS

2. Broccoli

Broccoli plants thrive in cool temperatures, they have been known to survive temperatures as low as 28 F. SHOP all BROCCOLI SEEDS

3. Brussels Sprouts

The plant will withstand frost and can be harvested until a hard freeze strikes. The best-quality sprouts are produced during sunny days with light frosts at night. SHOP all BRUSSELS SPROUTS

4. Cabbage

Cabbage can withstand frost down to 20 degrees or even 15 degrees F. SHOP all CABBAGE SEEDS

5. Carrots

Carrots can survive temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged periods of cold results in long, pale roots. SHOP all CARROT SEEDS

6. Cauliflower

Cauliflower can survive temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. SHOP all CAULIFLOWER SEEDS

7. Celery

Celery tolerates light frost only. SHOP all CELERY SEEDS

8. Collards

Collard greens are the most cold-resistant of any plant in the cold-hardy Brassica family. Collards can withstand winter temps. down to 5 F. and they usually come through the cold even more flavorful. SHOP all COLLARD GREENS SEEDS

9. Green Onions

Onions are as hardy as they come. Frosts, freezing temperatures, and snow will not kill them. SHOP all ONION SEEDS

10. Leafy Lettuces

Frost damage on leafy vegetables doesn’t render the plant inedible like a disease. You can harvest non-damage parts by cutting away brown areas and edges that are frost damaged and save just the leaf parts that are uninjured and your plant will continue to grow.  SHOP all LEAFY GREENS AND LETTUCE SEEDS

11. Kale

Snow can protect plants from the extreme cold so that they stay in the garden longer. Kale is one of these plants! Very cold-hardy. SHOP all KALE SEEDS

12. Leeks

Leeks are very cold-tolerant, most likely to survive plunges to 0 °F. SHOP all LEEK SEEDS

13. Mustard

When spent days under the cover of snow they have been known to emerge in perfect condition once the snow melts.  SHOP all MUSTARD SEEDS

14. Parsnips

Parsnips are generally tolerant to 0 °F and will sweeten in flavor if hit with a light frost or two. SHOP all PARSNIP SEEDS 

15. Radishes

Radishes thrive in the cooler weather when frost can be a threat to other crops. Radishes have a crisp crunch when grown in the Fall and Winter, unlike the woody texture that can happen in the the summer. They can survive hard freezes as well.  SHOP all RADISH SEEDS

16. Rutabagas

When exposed to light frost, rutabagas can actually taste sweeter. To extend the harvest season & protect the crops from heavier frosts, just add a thick layer of straw. SHOP all RUTABAGA SEEDS

17. Spinach

Grows slowly through the winter but will always bounce back in early spring. SHOP all SPINACH SEEDS

18. Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is very cold-tolerant, & can survive dips to 15 °F without any protection. SHOP all SWISS CHARD SEEDS

19. Turnips

Turnips lose much of their spiciness and accumulate sugar when they mature in cold weather. SHOP all TURNIP SEEDS
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