Best Vegetables to Grow in the Winter that Survive Frost

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Alright! This is John Kohler with
! I have another exciting episode for you, coming at you from my winter garden. We’re
well into December here, and I’m planting stuff for my winter garden now. I mean winter
starts in just a few days or maybe it’s already winter by the time you guys are seeing
this episode. But I’m going to be planting out my winter garden now. And, you know, I
just recently I have been traveling a bunch and I saw people, you know, all over the place.
And I saw a guy at the farmers market yesterday and he’s like John I grew my first garden
this year because of you, and all this stuff. And I’m like well what are you growing now?
He’s like oh I’ve taken the winter off, can’t grow in the winter. I’m like no,
this is the best time to plant stuff man. You get less pests pressures and stuff because
it’s so cold. Like you freeze outside, guess what? So do the bugs. This is the best time
to grow. Now you can’t grow the cool summer stuff, peppers, you know, cucumbers, tomatoes,
but you could grow the leafy greens. And after all my channel is called Growing
Your Greens. And it’s called Growing Your Greens for a reason. Because I want you guys
to eat your leafy green vegetables. They are probably one of the most important foods on
the entire planet. Most Americans are simply just not eating enough of it. The per capita
consumption of kale is like how much kale a person eats in a whole year. It’s like
6 ounces, you know. My goal is to eat 2 pounds every day of greens. Now I don’t always
do that, you know, a lot of days I hit 1 pound. But none the less, have a goal and strive
to reach it. Eat more greens and you’re currently growing. And besides just planting
all these guys out, which I’m not even going to tell you guys what they are yet. I’m
going to come back at that. You know, because if you got to buy plants starts, its a hassle.
But I want to share with you guys some seeds that you could literally just throw out in
your garden, in your yard, and they’ll grow in the winter time. Because that’s what’s
happening here. I’ve grown crops in the past and they’ve reseeded and they’re
coming up on their own without me having to have intervention and bring in plant starts.
So I could literally have free food that I don’t have to do nothing for. And this to
me is like the smartest kind of foods to grow. So let me go ahead and give you guys a tour
of my garden, what’s kind of coming up, sprouting in seedling form right now even
in December, you know. And show you guys, so if you live like California and a climate
where it doesn’t like get snow, all these things will work. Now even if you guys, but
John I live in the snow man I can’t grow stuff. No, you can grow stuff. Inside you
could grow sprouts and micrograms and outside if you get like a hoop house, double hoop
house, you could grow, you know, more cold tolerant crops like cold crops, you know,
leeks and broccoli and kale and cabbage. These things will grow great in a hoop house even
if it’s snowing outside . And I have videos on how to do that specifically. But anyways,
I’m going to give you guys a tour of what I grow here in my garden right now. Alright, so you guys could see I got lettuce
and everything planted all over here. And peas and stuff. But that doesn’t count.
Of course we got some weeds that I got to pull up right there. You could probably eat
those, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. But dandelions, I don’t know if I could
find any to show you guys . Dandelions will grow easily right now. But I want to share
with you these guys. Over here, this guy right here is known as miner’s lettuce. And this
is what the miners came , when they came to California, and they just ate this stuff.
Now this tuff only grows in the winter, doesn’t like to grow when it’s too hot outside.
It came up on its own. And literally you guys could see I have like it spread all over.
So I’m going to inter plant my regular vegetables with the miner’s lettuce. It is so delectable,
so nice and tender and delicious. So you got to grow that one. Now if you look really closely,
we got the miner’s lettuce here, like right here. And if you look closely like this guy
right here, that’s known as chickweed. Now chickweed is not necessarily one that I might
recommend you guys plant because I think I planted it once and it kind of comes back
like it’s a weed now. So I mean it really mats 3:48 out, takes over the place, you know,
fairly good. And yeah you’ll have a lot of that stuff to eat. And yeah I guess this
chick is like it too. Oh and then the final one I think that I really
wanted to show you guys today is this stuff right here. Or I got maybe one more after
this. These guys. These guys are probably my favorite winter green of them all. This
one’s known as mache or mâche. And this one also does this reseeded on it’s own.
So I didn’t plant this. I planted it a couple years ago and you know then kind of like I
didn’t plant it and then they like reseeded on their own. And I got like all these little
babies coming up all over the place. And I don’t know which one of these if it’s
like mâche, chickweed or the miner’s lettuce coming up. But I’ll know when they’re
bigger. So I’m just going to basically inter plant around these guys. And I’m going to
have a whole bunch of food growing. Now once again, you know, I want to let you guys know
these are the ones I didn’t plant. These came up on their own as a weed. And a weed
you could eat is a good weed for sure. Alright, so last one I want to show you guys.
Let me see, let me head over here. There is the tripods. Now don’t get one of these
tripods man, it’s called the Dolica Proline with the snap clips. They suck dude. I’ve
broken them on every single tripod that I’ve had, you know. So anyways . So anyways, another
one that’s just sprouting on there, I don’t know if you guys could see their babies right
here. Of course this is my Ashitaba. So now is the time it’s actually starting to emerge
from the ground, and they are just little babies all spread out over here. And, you
know, they don’t germinate as high of a rate as like the other ones I shared with
you guys. So you might want to do the other ones first. But these guys will grow like
they are biannuals. And then, you know, at the end of that, they’re going to get tall
like this and they’re going to go to seed. And these guys are drop seeds soon and that’s
how the seeds gotten into this bed here. Because this bed next to it, it’s the seeds they
drop. And then they come up. So now I’m going to share with you guys
actually the plant starts that I’m planting out right about now, And even in the winter
time, you know, even if it does get down to 28 degrees, 25 degrees, you know, overnight,
we don’t really get snow here and it might frost overnight. But then it heats up in the
daytime. And so what I’m planting are some plants that have built in anti-freeze. And
all these plants that I’ve been sharing with you guys today have built in anti-freeze.
And some are more cold tolerant than others. So for my climate here all these guys do great.
I’ve been growing them for years. But if you live in a more, you know, climate that
gets colder, you may want to just find the varieties that work for you. So check with
your local master gardeners or other gardeners that have been growing stuff. And of course
there are ways to protect your plants. I have an episode using the plant protectors last
year. And it will, you know, allow you to grow things when you normally couldn’t.
So the things that I’m growing, or will be planting today. I got some onions, so I
like to grow the onions and the garlic over the winter time, you know. They grow a little
bit slower, but it’s a good use of my space because some of the garlic and onions I grow
will basically last 6 months or a year until the next harvest I get. So we got some I think
red onions here, we got some red Russian kale. I like the kale. That kale, the red Russian
and the dinosaur kale generally do the best for me. We got some Portuguese kale right
here, and we got some romanesco right here. So these are all brassica family plants, other
than the onions. Over here we got a whole flat of the sugar snap peas, snow peas and
shell peas. So these guys I like to grow, I don’t know if you guys saw, but up my
trellis, because you know up in the summer I grow like cucumbers up it and beans. And
then in the winter I like to grow these guys. So make the use of your vertical space. And
it’s hard to find good crops that grow vertically in the winter when it gets cold. If you have
any suggestions of me besides the peas that I’m growing, hey post a link down below,
and thanks for that. And then I got another flat here , and this flat has lettuce and
spinach and some arugula. And then the next flat I think I got some more of the Portuguese
kale and the bok choy. And then finally we got, I believe we got some cauliflower, some
lettuce and then more of the peas to grow up my trellis. So yeah I got a hundred sixty
plants here. That’s my job for today , to get these guys in the ground here. I’ve
prepared the bed. It’s basically top off. I just got to put them in there and then the
cool thing is about the winter because it does rain so much, I could literally almost
turn off the irrigation. And with the GreenIQ controller, it knows when it rains, so then
it doesn’t water. So that’s really cool, I’m saving water by having a smart irrigation
system that’s tapped into the internet, that knows the weather. Yeah so check my link
down below for the GreenIQ so that you could save water too in the winter if it’s raining
outside. So yeah, that’s pretty much what I got to
do today. I want to encourage you guys to always, always, always, look the sun’s shining
it’s nice in the 50s today and I know a lot of you guys are snowed out or something,
but if it’s nice outside, if it’s comfortable for you, the plants could make it too, right.
And don’t let the weather stop you from growing food. If you go outside and there’s
grass growing, if there’s trees growing, you know it’s not covered in snow and there’s
landscape plants, you could grow a garden in the winter. And that’s what I want every
one of you guys to do that that live in California and other places that don’t get too cold
in the winter. Yeah Arizona or these other places. I think it’s really sad that the
standard gardener model is you take the winters off. BS. We need to eat every day of the year,
and you guys should be growing food every day of the year. And even if you’re inside
sprouts and microgreens, I’ll post links down below to a video where I explain how
to do it, right. So hope you guys enjoyed this episode. If
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