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6 Vegetable Seeds to Plant in Winter

Growing vegetables from seeds is an economical approach to starting up your vegetable garden and putting food on your table. To encourage the beginner to vegetable gardening, we have put together a short list of vegetables that are easy to grow from seeds in Winter.

Here are our pick of 6 vegetable seeds to plant in Winter.

1. Asparagus

Asparagus prefer an open, sunny site. Do not grow asparagus in a spot where you have previously grown asparagus to avoid build-up of diseases. Sow the seeds approximately ½ inch (13 mm) deep. It takes about 3 weeks for asparagus seeds to germinate. To hasten germination, soak the seed for 48 hours in water prior to planting.

Mary Washington Asparagus plants are perennials and can easily produce for up to 20 years.

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is an annual, cool-season crop, which is hardy to frost and light freezes. Sow cabbage seeds 2½ feet apart, with 12 to 16 inches between plants. Do not grow cabbage in the same site that you grew cabbages last year.

Cabbage – Savoy Perfection seeds produce a large drumhead-type cabbage that has finely-wrinkled, savoyed leaves.

3. Chicory

Sow chicory seeds thinly ½ in (1 cm) deep in rows, 12 in (30cm) apart in an open site. Soil should be fertile and free draining. The seeds take about 2 weeks to germinate. Do not allow the plants to dry out as they may go to seed. Therefore, water well and keep the soil free from weeds.

Verona Red Chicory produces round and red cabbage like heads.

4. Mizuna

Mizuna seeds are quick to germinate, usually within four to eight days. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep in your garden bed, spaced 1 inch apart. Thin them apart to 6 inches later on to achieve full-sized heads of mizuna. Mizuna grows best in sunny spots that receive 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight a day in well-drained soil.

Mizuna mustard is a vigorous grower, which produces numerous stalks bearing dark green, deeply cut and fringed leaves. This variety is highly resistant to cold and grows well during the winter months.

5. Leeks

Sow leek seeds thinly ½ in (1 cm) deep in rows 6 in (15cm) apart. To o increase the length of white stem, leeks can be blanched by gently drawing up dry soil around the stem in stages. However, ensure that soil does not fall between the leaves.

Leek – Large American Flag is very hardy and will overwinter in milder climates. The 7 to 9 inch stems blanch snowy white and are topped with blue-green leaves resemble giant scallions.

6. Cress

Cress can be grown indoors and outdoors. If growing outdoors, cress should be planted in shade or semi-shade in a moist, well-drained sandy to loamy soil. If growing indoors, cress can be grown on a cotton ball in a bottle.

Sprouts – Upland Cress is very easy and quick to grow, requiring very little space.

To ensure your success in planting these seeds, our list of 10 mistakes to avoid for successful seed sowing may be useful.

What Other Vegetable Seeds Should I Grow in Winter?

Here are some of our suggestions of seed packs which you could try growing.

The Fall/Winter Harvest Seed Bank includes a collection of all the seeds you need to grow your favorite fall and winter crops. These seeds thrive in cold weather and are extremely hardy. 
The All-in-One Fall & Winter Season Variety Pack includes a collection of all the seeds you need to grow your favorite fall and winter crops, including arugula, basil, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrot, cauliflower, cilantro/coriander, mustard, kale, lettuce, onion, radish & spinach.  
The All-In-One Root Crop Variety Pack includes an assortment of 15 popular varieties including beet, carrot, radish, rutabaga, turnip and parsnip.