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Frosty Delights: Cold Crop Gardening

Updated: Apr 5

There's a certain excitement that comes with the arrival of spring, isn't there? I find myself itching to get outside, feel the sun on my face, and dig my hands into the soil. There's nothing quite like the promise of a fresh start that comes with planting a spring garden.

I've been eagerly planning and preparing for weeks now— sketching out garden layouts, buying seed packets and dreaming of the bounty to come.

Here are my top cold crop garden vegetables:

  1. Lettuce: Lettuce is a staple in my garden and can be grown in various varieties including leaf lettuce, romaine, and head lettuce.

  2. Spinach: Spinach is rich in nutrients and can be harvested as baby leaves for salads or allowed to mature for cooking.

  3. Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale: Kale is a hearty leafy green that can withstand cold temperatures and continues to produce leaves throughout our Idaho season. Its earthy flavor and robust texture make it a versatile ingredient in salads, soups, stir-fries, and even smoothies

  4. Carrots: Carrots are a root vegetable that can tolerate cooler temperatures and even sweeten up after exposure to frost.

  5. Onion and Garlic: Onions or garlic planted alongside carrots, kale and lettuce will help deter many pests like cabbage worms, white flies, slugs and snails.

And, I'm thrilled to see parsley, oregano, cilantro, thyme, and rosemary making a comeback this season! I've already started incorporating them into my recipes.

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