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Cold Tolerant Vegetables

Eager to get outside?

Can't hardly wait to start your vegetable garden?

Well, cool season vegetables and herbs are just right for you, as they are frost-hardy and thrive in cool weather...
so go out and plant before May 15th!

Cold hardy vegetables (& herbs) fall into two categories -


The hardy types can be planted 2 to 4 weeks BEFORE the usual last killing spring frost
(that's as soon as mid-April for the Chicago area):

  • beets
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • lettuces
  • mustard greens
  • parsnips
  • potatoes
  • swiss chard

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Very Hardy

The very hardy types, can be planted approximately 6 weeks BEFORE the usual last killing spring frost
(that's the beginning of April for the Chicago area):

  • asparagus (actually a perennial)
  • broad beans
  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbages
  • chives (actually a perennial)
  • cilantro
  • collards
  • garlic
  • horseradish (actually a perennial)
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • leeks
  • lettuces
  • onions (sets and plants)
  • parsley
  • peas
  • radishes
  • rutabagas
  • sage (some varieties are perennial)
  • shallots
  • spinach
  • thyme (some are perennial)
  • turnips

Come visit us, when we first open in early April, and pick up your favorite cold-tolerant varieties!

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web page updated: 02.26.14