How to Grow a Cold Weather Garden

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3-10-2016, 18:15
Is your garden full of life and beauty during the summer, but dull and empty in the winter? This article will teach you how to maintain a colorful garden, even in the cold!


  1. Choose which plants you want to grow. These plants should grow well in cold weather and may or may not be frost resistant. They should also be hardy, not delicate. See the list below for some choices.
  2. Buy the seeds or plants. You could either buy the plants that are already grown from a nursery, or you could buy the seeds. It is easier to buy the plants, but also much more expensive. If you are a beginner, you may want to choose the plants, but if you have a green thumb, think about using seeds.
  3. Choose where you will plant. Choose a place where the plants you have chosen will get an adequate amount of sunlight. Make sure there is enough room too. Some plants start out tiny, but in a matter of weeks have grown several inches, so keep that in mind when choosing where to plant.
  4. Decide how you want the plants to be formatted in the garden. Most plants grow well if they are in rows, but they will need to be spaced out. Make sure you know which plants you are planting where. If you need to, make signs to place in front of each row. For example, there would be a sign saying “lettuce” in front of the lettuce row.
  5. Loosen the soil. Plants need to be able to grow and develop their roots in order to stay healthy, but if the soil is too hard or rocky, they won’t be able to. So you need to make sure that the soil your planting in is loose enough for the plant’s roots to grow in. To loosen the soil, take a trowel and shovel up the dirt over and over, until it is light and loose. Some plants only need the soil to be a little loose, while others need it to be as light and sandy as possible.
  6. Plant the seeds from mid-summer to early fall. Make sure you plant the seeds at the right depth. Some plants like to be closer to the surface while others grow better deeper underground.
  7. Use mulch. This can insulate the soil and help prevent frost. You can use wood chips, leaves or compost. It should be several inches thick.
  8. Maintain your garden. Water your plants every day, more or less if you find they prefer it that way. If the ground freezes, water at a time when it isn't frozen. The amount of water you give depends on the plants and the temperatures, but the minimum is at least every five weeks. Remove weeds if they grow and kill any harmful bugs.


  • If you are growing the plants in containers, make sure the containers are frost-resistant, because they can crack.
  • A good way to kill aphids that are eating your plants is with ladybugs. You can purchase ladybugs from your local nursery, then release them onto the infected plant and let them do their job.
  • If you are an inexperienced gardener, try growing tougher plants that are harder to kill.
  • Plant short-day onions inside or you will get scallions but no bulbs.
  • If the temperature gets way below freezing, take the plants inside; even the hardiest plants cannot survive extreme temperatures.
  • Research the type of plant you are growing for tips on the amount of water they need, the type of soil they prefer, and how much sunlight they need. If you are growing carrots, for example, search “tips on growing carrots”.
  • Also consider using a cold frame or a greenhouse to keep the plants warm.


  • The vegetables you grow may not always be safe to eat, especially if you used pesticides on them. Make sure you know what you’re doing when you grow plants that you plan on eating. When in doubt, don’t eat.

Things You'll Need

  • Plants or seeds
  • Soil
  • Mulch
  • A watering can
  • A trowel
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