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7 Cold Weather Plants for Containers

Growing Cold Weather Plants for Containers

As a crazy plant lady, I get the extreme urge to garden in the winter. Cold weather plants for containers are my go-to! I love having fresh veggies year round and I love knowing they are truly organic even more. Anyone else?

In North-Central Texas we get harsh winter temperatures followed by heat waves of 85+ degrees. Mother Nature gets mood swings quite like myself when I get hangry. So, when I pick the plants I want to grow in the winter, they need to be tough as weeds. They also need to flourish in containers so I can move them inside when the weather becomes unbearable. 

I’ve put together a list of 7 fool-proof veggies I absolutely love to grow in planting zone 8A. Find your planting zone here. These are super greenhouse growers and will grow well in zones 5-9

1) Lettuce

Just like shoes, you can never have too many lettuce plants. What’s so fun is you can create your own salad by picking a few different lettuce varieties. Leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, and micro mix (salad toppers) are just a few of my favs.

romaine lettuce grown in an antique bucket and smaller posts - Growing Cold Weather Plants for Containers
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2) Kale

Kale has so many amazing health benefits and uses. Aside from shakes and salads, my absolute favorite kale recipe is for a soup.

colorful scape of purple and green kale - Growing Cold Weather Plants for Containers
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3) Spinach 

According to web MD, spinach supports your immune system. It contains vitamins and minerals like vitamin E and magnesium. I add spinach to my shakes, salads & pastas.

4) Carrots 

Tip: Plant carrots in successive plantings every 2 weeks so you have a continual fresh crop. If you have an overrun of carrots – just blanch and freeze. You can use these later for baking, stews & crock pot recipes.

5) Onions

It seems like every single recipe I use needs onions. The delightful part about onions is they last a long time both in the ground and after harvest. So feel free to plant a heavy volume of onions to stock up. Say it with me, ”I can never have too many onions.”

6) Dill

If you can your cucs or okra you know how much dill it takes to do so. I plant a large amount each year so I have a fresh supply all summer and a dried supply of dill weed and seed through the winter and for next years canning season.

7) Broccoli 

Broccoli normally forms one main head and if you’re lucky you might get a couple side shoots. There are some charming varieties that produce multiple shoots of smaller heads. Broccoli is another great veggie to plant in successive plantings and to freeze for later use.

Tips for Growing Cold Weather Plants for Containers

A highly important practice I’ve found that makes or breaks my crop is seed quality. Johnny’s Selected Seeds provides an enormous selection of seeds so you can pick the best growers for your climate. My favorite seed selections are marked organic and I try to pick seeds that are most disease resistant. I also enjoy picking ornate hybrids — colorful gardening is so fun!

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