It was a pleasure to host a group of community members at our winter Seasonal Food Workshop. January is a great time to explore what helps us (here in the Piedmont of North Carolina and elsewhere) extend our growing seasons to enjoy fresh from the garden food for as many weeks and months as possible. Here are some of the tips we shared at the workshop.
When growing for winter harvest:
Categories of Winter Vegetables
Examples of Winter-Grown Vegetables in North Carolina
|Crop||Killing Temperature (degrees Fahrenheit)|
|Asian Greens (Napa cabbage, komatsuna, pak choy,
|15-25 (depending on variety)|
|Beets||15-20 (depending on variety)|
|Cabbage||27 (most types)|
|Kale||0-15 (depending on variety)|
|Lettuce||15-25 (depending on variety and leaf size)|
|Mustard||20-25 (depending on variety)|
|Spinach||0-5 (depending on variety)|
|Turnip||12-20 (when mulched and depending on variety)|
Free Online Planting Calendars
Bradley LK et al. Planting Planners: Central North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. July 2012.
Jones D, Roos D. Planting and Harvesting Guide for Piedmont Vegetables and Herbs.
Winter Gardening References
Coleman E. A Garden for All Seasons: Gardening on the Back Side of the Calendar. Mother Earth News, Issue 178, Feb/March 2000. Available at:
Coleman E, Damrosch B. The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses. Chelsea Green Publishing Company, White River Junction, VT; 2009.
Dawling P. Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada; 2013.
Great Sources for Winter Gardening Supplies
Topics: Farming Health Series